Traditional zoning restrictions on residential use, lots, and yards invariably involved what Ohio lawyer Alfred Bettman, an early supporter of urban planning, once described as an official regard for "the look of things." These traditional zoning controls though were constitutionally sanctioned on the nuisance analogy basis that such restrictions promoted the orderly development of healthy, safe and quiet residential neighborhoods. Aesthetic values generally were held to be beyond the scope of police power regulation.' In 1930, Judge Cardozo could state: "One of the unsettled questions of the law is the extent to which the concept of nuisance may be enlarged by legislation so as to give protection to sensibilities that are merely cultural or aesthetic."
Ziegler, Edward H. Jr.
"Aesthetics in Ohio Land Use Law: Preserving Beauty in the Parlor and Keeping Pigs in the Barnyard,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 19
, Article 1.
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