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Where does the County get the authority to regulate?

    Planning and regulation of land use stem from the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gives police power to the States. The courts have held that this police power may be used to regulate a wide variety of activities as long as it is exercised in a manner that is related to the protection of the public's health, safety and welfare, and does not contradict constitutional principles, including the concepts of due process, equal protection and the unlawful taking of property without compensation. State and community planning, zoning, subdivision regulations, sign controls, growth management regulations and environmental regulations are all examples of police power. 

    The below links provide information regarding the key documents which guide the County’s system of reviewing applications for development.

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