I am an international student. I am reading about zoning ordinances and I have trouble understanding some of them. I don't know how to improve my English. For example, it is very hard for me to understand the following:
"If a definitive plan, or a preliminary plan followed within seven months by a definitive plan, is submitted to a planning board for approval under the subdivision control law, and written notice of such submission has been given to the city clerk before the effective date of ordinance, the land shown on such plan shall be governed by the applicable provisions of the zoning ordinance, if any, in effect a the time of the first such submission while such plan or plans are being processed under the subdivision control law, and, if such definitive plan or an amendment thereof is a finally approved, for eight years from the date of the endorsement of such approval, except in the case where such plan was submitted or submitted and approved before January first 1976, for seven years from the date of the first endorsement of such approval."
Does anyone have suggestions for me? I need to learn how to understand such things. Is there any book good for me to start with?