The Zoning office is currently in the process of revising the Zoning Regulations for the unicoporated area of Douglas County. Sections of the current Zoning Regulations go back to the original adoption in 1966. Various edits and additions have been made through the years with text amendment changes. Zoning (not to be confused with building codes) is a method of land use regulation designed to minimize the negative impacts of certain types of land use by separating them from one another. This is achieved by restricting uses to classified districts, such as residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial zones. The regulations are intended to allow these different land uses to be located and organized in a manner that promotes the public health, safety, comfort and general welfare, to conserve property values, and to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.
Most of the laws and regulations we live by are determined at the Federal and State level. States recognize, however, that the regulation of land-use is better understood and controlled at the local level. Therefore, under State-delegated authority, Douglas County has its own document which contains the Zoning (property and land use) Regulations.
The County Zoning Regulations is a legal document, but it will not be upheld in a court of law unless its regulations show a direct relationship to a rational planning process. As a result, most municipal governments develop living comprehensive planning documents. Plan 2040 has been in the review process for several years and is nearing adoption at the city and county level.
The Planning and Zoning offices have two primary purposes: to administrate the regulations and to maintain a planning process that reflects the evolving needs of Douglas County, often utilizing the comphrensive plan to identify those needs.
The draft Zoning Regulations, as a follow-up to provide a direct relationship to Plan 2040, will soon be posted here and available to the public for review. Public township meetings with locations and dates will also be posted here. We invite anyone from the public to attend these meetings, we want to hear your comments!