Regulations targeting the protection of particular resources. This may include regulations for floodplains, steep slopes, sedimentation, erosion, tree preservation, vegetation removal, viewshed protection, habitat protection and groundwater protection (in addition to wetlands and watershed protection plans above).
To protect resources that the community fears will be negatively affected by development otherwise permitted under zoning.
Empirical studies are required to support regulations. Local environmental laws for some issues (wetlands, erosion, siting of waste management facilities) must be coordinated with state statutes.
Can be used to influence the location and quality of development.