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Zoning laws and their impact on property use

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2022 | Real Estate Law |

The way that a person uses his or her property is a personal decision, yet there are different factors that could affect this choice. For example, zoning laws could affect whether a Florida property owner can build a home on his or her land, use an existing structure as office space or develop the land for an industrial purpose. Before purchasing property, it is beneficial for an owner to understand the zoning designation for that specific property and how it could impact intended use. 

How does it work? 

The intent of zoning laws is to ensure that property is used in a way that is appropriate for the location, economic growth, traffic patterns and other factors. Typical zoning designations include residential, mixed use, industrial, commercial and more. One goal of specific zoning laws is to maintain the integrity of certain areas. A property owner will not be able to build a gas station in the middle of a neighborhood because of the zoning designation of the area. 

Zoning can also limit the details of the structures that can be built in that area. For example, it can limit the height of buildings and impact the value of the property depending on the number of restrictions in place. It is possible for a property owner to challenge the zoning designation if it unfairly limits its use. 

Navigating zoning matters 

If a Florida property has concerns about the use of his or her property, it may be beneficial to speak with an experienced real estate attorney. This insight can prove invaluable when navigating disputes over zoning designations. An owner has the right to fight for the ability to use his or her property as desired. 


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