Real estate developers use zoning to control land use, sometimes many years before they plan to build anything.

And they hope you won’t pay attention because they don’t want resistance.

If the word “zoning” is intimidating. If you don’t understand a notification letter the city sent to your house. If city planning jargon makes your eyes glaze over. There is help.

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and Oak Cliff artist/housing advocate Giovanni Valderas present Oak Cliff Zoning 101, a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

The workshop is “for residents who want to learn about land use, zoning, and development in the City of Dallas, how residents and communities can engage in this process, and how to advocate for equitable development in your neighborhoods.”