One of the most widespread tools used to shape our modern towns and cities are zoning rules and regulations that are set forth by local municipalities. Local governments wield enormous power over the use and development of land, which can significantly impact local communities, particularly when zoning laws are changed through a rezoning. Rezoning has been used to protect the needs of residents and businesses, preserve historic communities, encourage affordable housing development, increase neighborhood employment opportunities, and expand transportation options. While rezoning an area will not solve all the complex problems facing communities, it remains a critical way that communities can fight gentrification and promote housing and employment opportunities. When rezoning is undertaken with community residents' needs and priorities at the forefront, it can be a powerful tool to ensure that development is responsive to the needs and interests of residents. Unfortunately, this often does not happen, particularly in working-class communities of color.