What is a land use?

A land use is any use of land, including homes, town homes, apartments, businesses, farms, schools, churches, etc(4). Allowed land uses are listed in the Land Development Code (“LDC”) as permitted or conditional uses(5). Anything not listed as a permitted or conditional use is not permitted and is illegal unless it has been grandfathered in(6).


(4) Chapter 19.04, Saratoga Springs Land Development Code (“LDC”)

(5) LDC § 19.04.07

(6) LDC § 19.04.04(2)

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1. What is a vested right?
2. What is a land use?
3. What is an application?
4. When does a vested right occur?
5. When does a vested right expire?
6. Can the City, or the citizens through an initiative or referendum, take away a vested right?
7. What are the consequences for taking away a vested right?