ZONING OVERVIEW

Residential

Residential zoning comes in two flavors: High-density and low-density. Both have a time and a place, depending on the occupancy rate the region will be designed to support. High-density areas require access to high-volume highways and large roads, as the high number of Cims will require adequate transportation, both through large road systems and buses, subways etc. Low-density zoning can be support through lower-cost street systems and often do not need direct access to mass transport lines. You can use low-density zoning to create suburban sprawl, as evidenced by this re-creation of the Los Angeles suburbs featured below.

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Commercial

Commercial zoning comes in the same two flavors as its residential counterpart, with the same logistical requirements as well. An important consideration for high-density commercial zones is direct mass transport lines to high-density residential zones. The logic behind this is simple: if your commercial businesses do not have immediate, adequate access to Cims, they'll be without customers and employees. The image below depicts some low-density commercial businesses located nearby some office spaces and a sporting stadium.

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Industrial

Many new players struggle at properly setting up a supply chain for their industrial endeavours. There are a few base requirements for a successful industrial region. You need access to boat and train lines, so that raw materials can be transported in and out of your city. Ideally, you'll have one-way traffic for your trucks to deliver their goods to cargo depots; otherwise, you'll end up with nasty traffic problems throughout your industrial zone. You'll also want high-volume highways adjacent to your cargo depots, so your truckers can quickly get back on the road. Industry can be generic, or it can be specialized to focus on oil, ore, forestry or agriculture. It all depends on what resources are available in your region.

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Office

Office zoning is a great late-game addition to any city. To make them effective, you'll need highly-educated citizens looking to work for something bigger than simply creating goods to sell to other Cims. Office zones generate serious profit, while producing exactly zero pollution. With the After Dark expansion pack, commercial zones can also be specialized to focus on either tourism or leisure. Tourist zones focus specifically on out-of-towners, whereas leisure zones also target residents of the city as well.

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