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Protecting the property rights of landowners

Zoning and land use laws can have a big impact on property rights and the ability of a property owner to put their property to the use they envision for it. As a result, property owners should always understand local zoning rules and land use laws, the impact they have on their property and the legal resources and tools available to help address concerns that might come up related to zoning regulations and land use.

Zoning laws can impact the use of the landowner's property related to what use the property can be put to, structures that can be built on the property and how the property can be developed. Legal resources and tools can help property owners struggling with zoning rules and regulations and the impact they are having on their property by seeking a variance or addressing zoning enforcement decisions; addressing nonconforming uses, lots and structures; appealing special permits; conducting site plan reviews; and addressing concerns related to residential or commercial subdivision projects.

Additionally, private land use concerns may also come up which also require the use of legal resources and tools available to protect the rights of property owners. Concerns may come up related to adverse possession and prescriptive easements; boundary disputes; title disputes; breach of contract concerns; contract disputes and enforcement actions; purchase and sales agreements and specific enforcement of land sales contracts; and land development disputes.

All of these concerns may come up for property owners and have a significant impact on the landowner's use and enjoyment of their property which can have economic and personal impacts as well. Fortunately, legal resources, remedies and protections are available to help address private or public concerns of landowners that they should be familiar with.

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