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Land use and zoning laws may throw a wrench in your project

To reside within a city requires that one abide by city ordinances and state law, among other regulations. You may have a commercial project planned for your business or as a collaboration between you and other parties. After much deliberation and thought, you've gotten a budget together, a proposed revenue plan and then come to find out that land use and zoning laws may stand in your way. If you own the land outright, it may be difficult to envision committing to the project in any other location.

Land use and zoning laws regulate who, how and when a person can do on that property. Certain areas are zoned commercial, some residential and some a mix of both. The city generally oversees these regulations. It's not impossible to change a zoning restriction, but it can certainly be more difficult than if the land was zoned properly prior to starting the project.

At Phillips & Angley, we've helped countless businesses get the land use and zoning regulation that they desire. It isn't always easy, and it isn't always certain, but it can be worth a shot if this is one of the only obstacles standing in the way of your commercial project. As you may know, certain industries require special zoning requirements per their area of business.

This can make it easier or tougher for certain businesses or commercial projects to get off the ground. Understanding the current zoning, the city's attitude toward changes and the type of business conducted is key to getting a positive outcome. There can be other factors thrown in but getting a party on your side that understands the key issues is paramount.

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