downzone

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down +‎ zoning

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downzone ‎(third-person singular simple present downzones, present participle downzoning, simple past and past participle downzoned)

  1. (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”[1], 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.'"