Decoding Zoning Colours For Land Mapping
Usually, development authorities use land maps in which they use different colours to notify the usage pattern. These colours are used for graphically displaying land uses, roads, public infrastructure, and community facilities.
In this article, we try to simplify the pattern for homebuyers and property owners.
Main/mixed residential use land
Mixed residential use properties. Essential services such as grocery store, doctor’s clinic can be permitted. Around 33 per cent commercial activity is permitted in yellow zone.
For maintaining greenery or agricultural land. The shades of green can be used for signifying forest, lake, valley, pond, garden or cemetery
Public and semi-public use area for temple, educational institutes.
For commercial purpose such as Central Business District, Offices etc
For retail purpose such as eateries, hotels, malls, cinema halls
Purple/Violet- Light shade
For industrial purpose and establishment
Purple/Violet- Dark shade
For high tech industries
For heavy industries
The Black-White Codes
At times, planners use monochrome colors for land mapping and to differentiate land use categories. While the hatched patterns indicate denser land uses with heavier patterns, open space or recreational areas are left blank or lightly patterned.
Cross hatches with darker patterns
Slanted lines, darker patterns
Points, diamonds, stars
Industrial, transportation and utilities
Parks and recreation
Land zoning in India
Land use zoning in India is Euclidean-based, meaning it creates land use classifications (i.e. residential, multi-family, commercial) by geographic area. However, now the land uses are taken up with a more integrated approach.
For instance, a mixed residential zone allows everything that was allowed in primary residential, as well as banks, restaurants, shops, bakeries, etc. The commercial land use zone allows everything in primary residential and mixed residential.