So, you are looking at a piece of property to build a new home or place of business. It is in a great area and seems the perfect fit. Before you get too attached, have you checked the zoning laws governing the land? Every piece of property in Louisiana is zoned for a specific purpose. If you purchase without checking zoning first, you may be in for a rude awakening if your construction plans get rejected.
Zoning is in place to help cities maintain a good balance of commercial, industrial and residential properties. What happens, though, if you find the perfect property and it ends up not being zoned properly for your intended use? Thankfully, it may be possible to have the zoning changed.
There are essentially three ways to go about zone modification. You can try filing for a variance or conditional use permit. If it would better suit you, you may also try to seek a complete rezoning of the land. Whichever route you take, know that zoning issues can be difficult to work through, especially if this is something you have not dealt with before. Some problems may be worked out through petitions and hearings with the zoning board, others may require litigation.
If zoning issues could or are threatening your project in Louisiana, know that you do not have to figure out how to handle the situation on your own. Legal counsel may be able to assist you as you plan and present your case to the zoning board. Further assistance can be offered if litigation proves a necessary course, or you need to appeal the board’s decision. To learn more about how legal counsel can help you with this and other construction-related legal issues, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.