Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To change the zoning of (an area or neighborhood) to reduce the density of housing or permitted construction.
  • intransitive verb To downzone an area or neighborhood.

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  • verb US, politics To change an area or property to a less restrictive zoning

Etymologies

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down +‎ zoning

Examples

  • Much has been done: The 37-story Ariel East and 31-story Ariel West condos at 100th Street and Broadway, which prompted the creation of groups like Stop Extell and Westsiders for Responsible Development, and spurred the city to downzone a chunk of the Upper West Side; the Ariels are nearly all sold and carry no debt, Mr. Barnett said.

    The Busiest Man in New York Real Estate

  • Much has been done: The 37-story Ariel East and 31-story Ariel West condos at 100th Street and Broadway, which prompted the creation of groups like Stop Extell and Westsiders for Responsible Development, and spurred the city to downzone a chunk of the Upper West Side; the Ariels are nearly all sold and carry no debt, Mr. Barnett said.

    The Busiest Man in New York Real Estate

  • A City Planning spokeswoman confirmed that the agency planned to downzone the neighborhood. rli@observer.com

    City Plans To Rezone Far West Village

  • A City Planning spokeswoman confirmed that the agency planned to downzone the neighborhood. rli@observer.com

    City Plans To Rezone Far West Village

  • Much has been done: The 37-story Ariel East and 31-story Ariel West condos at 100th Street and Broadway, which prompted the creation of groups like Stop Extell and Westsiders for Responsible Development, and spurred the city to downzone a chunk of the Upper West Side; the Ariels are nearly all sold and carry no debt, Mr. Barnett said.

    The Busiest Man in New York Real Estate

  • Some good citizens and one City Councilman participated in a rally at Borough Hall in support of the drive to downzone Carroll Gardens.

    Some Stuff That's Interesting

  • Martha was a principal proponent of 2002's Measure P, an initiative to downzone major streets that was defeated citywide by an 80%-20% supermajority which chose not to pre-empt the Council's traditional responsibilities.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • Potential zoning changes in rural areas would downzone hundreds of acres throughout Whatcom

    Local News

  • Potential zoning changes in rural areas would downzone hundreds of acres throughout Whatcom

    The Bellingham Herald: Sports News

  • Gloss over the areas that you are pretending to downzone but are really upzoning.

    Queens Crap

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