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The term "Zoning" is used in this article only in its broad sense to mean a comprehensive scheme for the districting of a city by law to accomplish certain ends. Zoning for cities has been defined as: "The creation by law of districts, in which regulations, differing in different districts, prohibit injurious and unsuitable structures and uses of structures and land." The zone plan helps to coordinate the various parts of the city plan in accordance with a predetermined city-wide scheme for development.3 It is in the essence the exercise of the community right to regulate to a limited degree the private uses of buildings and land in the interests of the public health, safety and general welfare. This article will include a brief resume of the nature and history of zoning and an analysis of its legal basis with special reference to Missouri.

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