Land Use Law: What Are The Types of Land Use?

Land Use Law

Land Use Law: What Are The Types of Land Use?Land use law characterizes land based on the purpose for which a particular segment of land can be used for and the things that can be built on it. Land use law determines the sort of environment, community or settlement that can be based on the specific type of land.

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Importance of Land Use Law

There are several benefits to understanding land use. For instance, it helps potential land buyers avoid time-consuming and costly misunderstandings regarding what can be built on a land parcel and where.

Understanding land use, on a larger scale, can help you determine the patterns associated with urbanization in surrounding areas. Determining the way particular land was used in the past can be a helpful indicator of how it may be used in the future.

Categories of Land Uses

There are several different types of land use. Recreational, transport, agricultural, residential, and commercial land are the five most common categories. You can better invest in a property by understanding the specifics of each one.


Recreational lands are meant to be used for the entertainment and enjoyment of people using it. This can be anything from athletic fields and parks to open spaces, swimming pools, and playgrounds. Recreational land is added by cities in their blueprints to make sure that there is enough area for people to enjoy.


Transport land is intended for structures that help people move from one place to the other. This includes airports, roads, subway stations, and train stations.


Agricultural land is used for the growth and harvesting of crops and livestock. This includes pastures, ranches, and farms.


Residential land is used for building homes. This can be single family homes, mobile homes, and apartment complexes among others. You should consider proximity to local amenities, accessibility to the property, local schools and crime rate among other things while creating a building plan.

Residential lands come with a few restrictions for its use. For instance, there are rules dictating the type of animals which may be permitted on the property. Minimum lot size, proximity of one building to other, and size of a building among other things are few other restrictions.


Commercial lands are designated for shops, businesses, warehouses, and other forms of commerce related infrastructure. These lands are commonly used for restaurants, office buildings, and shops among other businesses. Commercial land may not take a lot of space, but are critical for the overall community dynamics and economy.

It is an exciting venture to buy land. You may just find something that is full of opportunity and potential. However, you should understand the specifics regarding land use if you want to make a successful purchase that becomes the backdrop of all your dreams.

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