existing use

existing use
A familiar term in zoning ordinances and regulations, usually employed in characterizing a nonconforming use excepted from the application of the ordinance or regulation, and meaning an actual, as distinguished from a mere contemplated, use, existing at the time of the enactment of the ordinance or the passage of the regulation, but not necessarily a use in actual operation at that time or a use which utilizes the entire tract involved. De Felice v Zoning Board of Appeals, 130 Conn 156, 32 A2d 635, 147 ALR 161.

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