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Property: Understanding zoning basics

When someone purchases a property, it is natural for many to believe that the property can be used in any way desired. However, even with ownership, there are many rules and restrictions that control the use of a property, which is generally called zoning. Current and/or future commercial landowners in Georgia may be interested in the types of zoning, zoning laws and other consideration that might affect a particular property.

The types of zoning typically fall under five general categories: Residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and recreational. However, there may be land within a district that is zoned for multiple uses, such as areas zoned for both residential and commercial usage. It is important for those seeking land development to understand what restrictions may be placed upon the purchased property.

Next, it could be important to understand what the zoning laws regulate. Typically, they determine the types of activities that can happen upon the land. For example, zoning could control things such as noise level on the property, the number of stories a structure can have as well as the total amount of buildings allowed on the property, the size of signs erected on the property, the building materials required, and the number of parking spaces allowed.

As evidenced, the amount of zoning restrictions placed upon a property can be numerous and highly specialized. Many in Georgia who are considering purchasing or have already purchased property that they have slated for commercial use should seek the advice of an attorney. An attorney who is well versed in local and state zoning laws will be in the best position to discuss the best legal options available.

Source: FindLaw, "Commercial Zoning", Accessed on Sept. 21, 2016

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