Reverse Spot Zoning Law and Legal Definition

Reverse spot zoning means zoning of a huge area of land without considering the zoning of a small piece of land within that area.

In City of Miami Beach v. Robbins, 702 So. 2d 1329 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1997), the court held that “Reverse spot zoning occurs when a zoning ordinance prevents a property owner from utilizing his or her property in a certain way, when virtually all of the adjoining neighbors are not subject to such a restriction, creating, in effect, a veritable zoning island or zoning peninsula in a surrounding sea of contrary zoning classification. Reverse spot zoning is invalid, as it is confiscatory.”