Zoning is a tool used by local authorities to help control how the land in a particular locale is used and developed. Land use planners employ zoning ordinances and mapping tools to divide certain geographic areas into distinct districts in which differing land uses are or are not allowed. Each of these zoning districts has its own set of ordinances that establish development standards such as setback distances, building height requirements, parking space totals, etc. These ordinances also control what type of use can occur in a district in an effort to ensure cohesive and complimentary uses, which is why you don’t usually see strip clubs in the middle of residential areas. While you can see evidence of your city or county’s zoning ordinances and land use planning around every turn, many people are unaware of the intricate zoning process and the need to consider and comply with these types of ordinances when developing, using, or purchasing prospective properties.
If you have questions about your property’s zoning or have been cited for being in violation of local zoning ordinances, our office can help guide you through the process. At Dunlap Gardiner, we will work with you, and the local Planning and Zoning departments in an effort to address any needed re-zoning, variances, special use exemptions, permitting, or easements that may allow you to profit from your property to the fullest extent possible.
For more information, please contact Blane Brown today at (office) 770-489-5122