When purchasing property for a specific purpose, it is important to understand the zoning designation that is applicable to that property. There are different types of zones, and these categories determine what a property owner can do with land or buildings within that area.
Zoning restrictions can have a significant impact on land use and construction plans, so it’s worth it for property investors to understand what they are and aren’t allowed to do with the space before making a purchase.
Zones determine the type of structures permitted, how land can be developed, what types of businesses can operate in the area and more. In some cases, zoning designations affect where utility lines can be placed, the permissible height of buildings and type of parking permitted. Common zoning designations include mixed-use, single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial and industrial.
Challenging zoning ordinances
There are times when it is appropriate to challenge the zoning designation. If a property owner believes the zoning designation unfairly infringes on property rights and financial interests, it may be possible to seek a change. Concerned property owners may have the opportunity to take their case before a court or a specific judicial board established for the purpose of handling zoning appeals.
Handling concerns appropriately
It can be complex to navigate matters related to zoning designations. A concerned property owner may benefit from working with an experienced real estate attorney to understand the options available. If there is a valid reason to challenge the restrictions placed on the property, he or she can provide insight regarding the most appropriate way forward.