Date of Award:

1954

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

Advisor/Chair:

George T. Blanch

Abstract

Change in the use to which land is put may affect the economic and social return from it. Land-use changes tend to be rather permanent in nature. They should be guided so that social welfare will be served best. Rural Zoning has developed from this need to direct change in land use in rural areas.

It first came into use about twenty-four years ago but was developed from much older, urban-zoning experience. By 1949, rural-zoning ordinances had been adopted by 173 counties in 23 states. Thirty-eight states had passed enabling acts permitting the adoption of rural-zoning ordinances by specified political subdivisions within their jurisdictions by that date (7, pages 1-23).

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