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Many features of zoning such as minimum lot and yard sizes, and setbacks that result in particularly adverse effects are permitted, if not mandated, by the model zoning enabling act adopted by thousands of municipalities since the 1920s.
The state zoning enabling acts specifically provide express authority to municipalities to adopt zoning regulations for regulating land development.
Nearly all American zoning ordinances, based on the Standard Zoning Enabling Act promoted by Secretary Herbert Hoover's Department of Commerce in the late 1920s, authorize "accessory uses" in residential neighborhoods.