I wrote a paper on an alternative method of enforcement of zoning and exterior property maintenance codes and ordinances that was published in the March 2012 edition of AICP Practicing Planner. The reaction to the paper was interesting; planners loved it - building officials detested it.
That doesn't surprise me. CBOs view the world in black and white tones reflective of enforcement of state building codes, while planners correctly view the world in shades of grey. Zoning code enforcement is definitely a grey area and doesn't lend itself to an "either or" solution.
If any of your cities (or counties or townships) are stressing out over code enforcement, I'd like to hear about it........either on this thread, or by e-mailing me direct ***. I might be able to help....
*Hink Welcome Dale! We usually keep emails hidden until a user is more established. It seems like you hit on a great topic. Hopefully you will get some response from Cyburbians. Again, glad to have you!