City plans zoning update, looks to plan new growth

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 10, 2024 4:00 AM CT | Published: June 10, 2024 4:00 AM CT

The City of Memphis could reshape how development happens with a wholescale zoning update, it announced this week. 

The rezoning could occur next year and would be the first citywide effort since the 1950s, said John Zeanah, the head of Memphis and Shelby County planning and development. 

“What we’re looking to do with this update is to work towards a more comprehensive rezoning proposal for the city, which obviously is going to affect every neighborhood in Memphis,” Zeanah said. 

The city’s planned rezoning comes as its comprehensive plan — known as Memphis 3.0 — turns five years old. The original plan, unveiled in late 2018, sought to change how Memphis could develop over its third century.


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Samuel Hardiman

Samuel Hardiman

Samuel Hardiman is an enterprise and investigative reporter who focuses on local government and politics. A native Rhode Islander who lives in Midtown, he enjoys tennis, golf and reading.


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