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Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities take place. For example, an R-1 residential zone allows only single-family detached homes to be built in its district. On the other hand, a CCD-1 zone would be an area that permits only certain commercial or industrial uses in a City Center District. An RM zone would allow a mix of housing and business in another part of the City.
A plat is a survey that contains all of the above information on a particulat piece of land or subdivision.