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Land Use and Zoning Lawyers in Michigan

land use and zoning lawyers michigan Land use and zoning law is the law that determines how a landowner can use their  land. Land use and zoning law involve the creation, application, and challenges of  land use laws. Municipalities create laws that restrict what landowners can do with  their real property. The laws may control how landowners can develop the property,  what types of activities they can do with their property, or both. Land use and  zoning law is the restriction of a private property owner’s land use presumably for  the public good.

The Hirzel Law land use and zoning attorneys can help clients navigate through the court system to protect their best interests. We can review plans and ensure that everything related to the construction of a building complies with local zoning regulations.

What is the Relationship Between a Land Use Plan and Zoning?

Land use is a generic term without a universal definition. Land use may refer to many things; it may refer to buildings or the occupants, it may refer to the questions about the occupancies of the land, and it may also refer to the kind of activities that occur on the land. Land use simply refers to the function of land, particularly what it’s being used for. Land use is a process of organizing the use of land to meet occupant’s needs while respecting the capabilities of the land. Previously, land use planning was limited to merely the existing uses of the land. As the use of land gets more complicated, land use planning becomes more sophisticated.

Zoning is the division of a municipality or community into different districts and zones in which certain activities are prohibited and others are permitted. Zoning is a planning control tool and the way governments regulate the physical development of land-based on its usage, purpose, geology, etc. It is the regulation and restriction of land uses based on a pre-determined plan. It defines the rules that govern what and where people and institutions can and cannot build in our cities, suburbs, and towns. Zoning tells us how tall our houses can be and how far our houses need to be away from the street. The purpose of zoning is to protect and conserve the value of land use.

Land use is associated with planning, control, and rights of property. Zoning is the allocation of land in a municipal by dividing them into different zones. The purpose of zoning is to protect and conserve land use.

How Can the Planning and Zoning Process Limit the Use of Land by the Owners?

The primary public land-use control is zoning, where properties of the same type, such as residential or commercial, are designated for geographic zones. The primary private land-use control is deed restrictions, limiting what can be done on the property by the owner. The primary purpose of land-use controls is to limit population density, noise, pollution, and to maintain the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

How Can a Zoning Lawyer Help me?

Our skilled real estate lawyers at Hirzel Law, PLC, are experienced in managing Michigan cases in matters such as land use, zoning issues, project planning, and obtaining municipal approval. For years, Hirzel Law has worked alongside various developers, builders, and other property owners to assist them with:

  • Appearing before a board for zoning approval or the zoning board of appeals
  • Interpreting ordinances
  • Pursuing a zoning variance
  • Splitting lots and obtaining the necessary municipal approval

Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner, or a property developer you can benefit from the use of a land use attorney. They can assist you in challenging a municipality’s zoning regulations and help you to procure the proper permits and information regarding many details if you’re remodeling or constructing a house or business.

Zoning and land use attorneys can assist you in determining a zoning law or changing one if need be and everything in between. As a property owner, it’s your right to use your property as you desire, however, sometimes this requires a specialized permit to gain access to your property as you want.

The land use attorney can assist you in this process. Sometimes some restrictions do not allow for easements or rights of way and the land use attorney can help to navigate these waters in a court of law and ensure that the best interest of the homeowner or business owner is being tended to.

Although legal action is not always a prerequisite for moving forward with these types of cases, the lawyers at Hirzel Law, PLC, are prepared to help our clients with their zoning and land use issues regardless of how complex or challenging they might be.

Obtain Legal Assistance with Land Use and Zoning from a Michigan Real Estate Attorney

Land use and zoning can be difficult to understand but having an experienced lawyer can help. At Hirzel Law, PLC, our Michigan zoning lawyers can help you with any disputes that may arise. We stand by our clients, offering the highest quality legal representation and promptly responding to our clients’ needs.

Contact Hirzel Law online or call 248-986-2921 (Farmington) or 231-486-5600 (Traverse City) or 616-319-9964 (Grand Rapids office) to see how our Michigan attorneys can help with zoning issues regarding your Michigan property.

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Traverse City, MI 49684

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