Not every property can be used for every purpose that you want. Georgia law allows municipalities and local governments to regulate the property within their borders to set what can and cannot be done. Before you buy a property, you need to know the permissible uses. Otherwise, you may need to apply for a variance that you may or may not get.
Zoning laws will impact you in a number of ways:
- You may not be able to use the property for your intended purposes
- You could face environmental restrictions on your activities
- You may not be able to subdivide the property
- The size, height, and appearance of your building could be dictated and restricted
You always have the right to be heard if you are seeking a change to the zoning, or you are impacted by changes to the rules. You can have a property rezoned, but it is not an easy process.
Changes to zoning laws can increase or reduce the value of your property. In some cases, you may be able to sue the government because drastic zoning changes could so greatly reduce the value of your property that the government would need to compensate you.
Zoning laws are an exercise in local politics, and they can get bitter and difficult. Others may feel that their property values are affected by what you are trying to do. You may need to personally make your case to get the desired outcome that you want. You should hire an attorney who is familiar with the local zoning process and how things are done.
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Battleson Law LLC can help with all your commercial real estate needs, whether it is issues relating to the transaction or the property itself. Reach out to us online or call us today at 470.398.0720 to discuss your matter.