zoning mapMost homeowners in bedroom communities, small towns and villages buy their homes, likely the biggest purchase of their lives, based on the nature and features of home and the nature of its surrounding community. They assume that a neighborhood zoned as a single family home residential district will remain so. After all, homes in single family residential areas are significantly more expensive than homes in areas zoned for commercial uses or multi-family housing.

Of course, nothing is forever and changes in the broader area, society at large and other factors, may dictate a need for zoning changes. But the homeowner assumes that such changes require a process that the municipal body has to follow and courts available to enforce compliance. That assumption, however, is unfortunately wrong.