Euclidian zoning served a purpose in its time. It separated land uses so that people could live away from industrial developments without the fear that such industries would locate to their backyard. But despite the positive effects of Euclidian zoning, many people believe it provides too little attention to character and historic design and promotes sprawl. New Urbanism offers an alternative to Euclidian zoning and many cities are beginning to utilize New Urbanism principles as they strive to bring back a sense of place to their communities. Challenges result when the New Urbanism principles conflict with the zoning in place, but these challenges are not insurmountable. Finally, where there is market for New Urbanism communities developers should take advantage of a design concept that promotes the unique character and history that is a community and provides developers with the opportunity to provide the style of development consumers want.
Blasingame Custer, Janna, "New Urbanism and Euclidian Zoning: Can They Co-Exist?" (2007). Land Use Clinic. Paper 17.