Zoning Law in Michigan and New Jersey: A Comparative Study

It is one thesis of this article that the “lawyer’s view” has generally prevailed in Michigan and that the “planner’s view” has generally prevailed in New Jersey. Since the zoning law of these two states is thus fairly representative of the opposing judicial attitudes set forth in the preceding paragraph, they are especially suitable for comparative study. This study begins with a look at the constitutional bases and statutory provisions for zoning. It then proceeds to examine judicial attitudes toward zoning determinations in general and continues by focusing on specific current zoning problems. The conclusions to be drawn from these inquiries may have utility not only for Michigan and New Jersey, but also for other states concerned with problems of land use control.