Our county, when it first began adoption of zoning and subdivision regs 20 or so yrs ago, had a rule, in an effort to preserve the "rural character" of its mostly Agricultural zoned land, that set a five-acre minimum for Ag zoned parcels.
When developers began buying up large parcels to cut up and sell for homesites, they would, to avoid building infrastructure like roads, meet the minimum lot width and lay out lots as long as it took to make the acreage.
The result was parcels laid out in rows that looked like fetuccine, up to a quarter mile long and 150 feet wide.
When planning boards and boards of commissioners tried to deny the parcels as unacceptable, the developers sued, won, and actually were awarded damages as well as getting approval.
Ordinances were later adopted that restricted length to width, but not before the local landscape was blighted with a large number of this kind of parcel.
Has this happened to other areas?