The purpose of this comment is to present the idea that zoning laws should be construed as safety ordinances and that, as such, violations of them should be admissible as evidence of negligence in civil actions. A brief history of zoning and a discussion of the purposes of zoning presently recognized by the courts are followed by a consideration of recognized safety statutes and the evidentiary significance given them by the courts as related to modern zoning laws.
Zoning Foundations and History
Violations of Safety Statutes and Ordinances in Comparison
Leroy W. Orton,
Zoning Laws as Evidence of Negligence,
47 Neb. L. Rev. 732
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