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A basic understanding of how zoning laws could impact you

When you buy a piece of property in Massachusetts, you do so with a specific purpose in mind. Perhaps you want to build a home for your family, or maybe you want to build a space for your business. It is possible that you want to develop the land or operate rental property. Whatever your plans may include, it is likely that zoning laws will impact them. 

Before you buy property, it is smart to understand what the zoning classification is for that piece of property. This can save you a significant amount of stress and complication in the future. When there are issues with land use and zoning laws, it can be costly and stressful. It is prudent to work to avoid these or to seek a reasonable resolution in a timely manner.

Zoning regulations and your property

You may be surprised to learn about how many things zoning laws can affect. The intent of zoning classifications is to keep similar buildings and properties in specific districts. For example, zoning keeps a certain area reserved for industrial buildings and specific types of areas for residential buildings. Zoning laws can impact the following things about your property: 

  • Where utility lines can go
  • The type of building you can put on your property
  • How far structures must be from the street
  • Allowance of accessory buildings
  • Height and overall size of the buildings
  • How many rooms allowed in the building 

Zoning laws can also affect things like parking lots, lot frontage, rear and side yards, and much more. It is possible that the restrictions placed on your property are unfair, giving you a reason to challenge the government's reach into how you use your property. It's not easy to challenge existing zoning laws, and you will find significant benefit in working with an experienced attorney who can help you understand the options available to you. 

Understand your property rights 

Before you buy property, it is smart to take steps to learn as much as possible about zoning laws, land use restrictions and other things that can affect how you can use the property. It can help to start with a complete evaluation of your situation and assessment of the land use issues that affect your case. Appropriate guidance from the beginning can help you avoid imprudent property purchases and other avoidable complications.

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