Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Ordinance
Assume that you are working for a law firm that has just been retained by Irene Lopez, a local home owner who is upset with her local government’s enforcement of a zoning code prohibiting her from establishing a daycare in her residence. Ms. Lopez is thinking about challenging the constitutionality of the zoning code. Your supervising attorney would like to get some background research on the makeup and structure of your local government.

From where does the zoning board get its authority (e.g. state constitution, state statute, local ordinance)? Is this delegation of authority consistent with the state constitution? If legitimate, does the zoning board have the authority to make this decision? Is there a provision for appeal?

Prepare a 1-2 page brief answering these questions. You may use your own local government or a local government of your choosing. However, you must identify the jurisdiction used.