The overall purpose of zoning regulations is for the health and safety of the community and to regulate growth. In general, zoning laws, which include zoning ordinances and land use regulations, are used to control the use of property. Since zoning laws impact the owner's use of their property they are important for property owners to understand and be familiar with.
Eminent domain is a serious concern, and may be a serious threat, to property owners which is why they should understand how it works and how to challenge a government taking if that is what they want to do. Many different types of property owners may be faced with eminent domain concerns so it is helpful to be familiar with the ins and outs of eminent domain and what it means for them.