down + zoning
downzone (third-person singular simple present downzones, present participle downzoning, simple past and past participle downzoned)
- (US, politics) To change an area or property to a less restrictive zoning
1988 May 6, Ben Joravsky, quoting Danny Davis, “Mystery zoning: What's going down in the Ninth Ward”, in Chicago Reader:
- "In this case, I don't remember Shaw saying, 'I'm downzoning for this or that reason.' He would say, 'I'm changing the zoning because the community wants it changed.'"