Business is booming, all over the nation. As a result, commercial properties are in higher demand than ever. The only problem is that it can actually be difficult to find the right commercial property for your needs. Pesky zoning laws — many of them outdated — may stand in your way.
So, is there anything you can do to get around a zoning issue when you’re hoping to buy and develop a specific piece of property for your business? It depends. Here are some suggestions you can try:
Drum up support for your business or project
There’s nothing like a significant amount of community support (both among local business leaders and the general population) to smooth your way when you’re hoping to get the zoning changed in an area. The more popular support you have before you approach the zoning board, the better.
Ask for a variance or a conditional use permit
When you ask for a variance, you’re basically asking the authorities to make an exception to the rules for your business. You may have to prove that your presence won’t somehow have a negative effect on the local neighborhood and that it will bring a positive change. A conditional use permit is similar, although it allows the zoning board to put conditions on your business.
File an appeal in court
If you’ve already been refused a permit for your development because of the zoning, you may be able to ask a judge to intercede. That’s usually less expedient (and costlier) than working directly with the zoning board for a solution.
If you have a zoning problem, our office may be able to help. Please continue viewing our website’s pages or contact us directly for more information.