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A basic understanding of land use and zoning could be beneficial

Whether you want to build a business or purchase property for residential purposes, it is always smart to know what factors could affect how you use the land. In Massachusetts, there are certain zoning laws in place that determine whether or not buildings in certain areas can be used as homes, for industrial purposes or for commercial use. Before you buy, it is smart to understand how land use and zoning issues could affect you.

If you are unfamiliar with zoning and restrictions on land use, it can be beneficial to make the effort to gain a basic understanding of these matters. When it comes to your financial investment and how you want to use your land, you need to know how to protect your interests. Many landowners find it beneficial to secure legal guidance as they work through complex land use and zoning concerns.

What should you know before you move forward?

The intent of land use and zoning laws is to regulate the use of land and buildings. These laws can keep companies from building in residential areas and developments from negatively impacting home values. However, zoning is complex, and there are often times when property owners need to challenge current zoning in order to preserve their interests.

As you work through issues related to zoning and ways you can use your land, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with common terms you may hear. Some of these include:

  • Implied easement: This happens when an owner splits one parcel of land in two, and it is necessary and obvious to continue to use one piece of the land for access or to use it according to its purpose.
  • Taking: In some cases, the government may take land from private property owners for the public benefit, often known as eminent domain.
  • Adverse possession: This is the hostile and open takeover of a piece of land, often on the basis of title or other type of possible legal claim to the property.

Land use and zoning matters are complex. You would be prudent to take specific action to protect your interests and your property rights.

Take action today to preserve your interests tomorrow

If you are facing opposition on how you want to use your land or issues related to easements or other zoning matters, you do not have to deal with them on your own. You can take immediate action to protect yourself by seeking legal guidance and an explanation of the options for legal recourse available to you.

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