Real estate developers and brokers in Georgia and elsewhere see land for all of its possibilities. The problem facing individuals in these positions is zoning. Getting a plot of land rezoned for a specific use is not necessarily easy. There is a whole process to it, part of which involves attending one or more hearings. What can one expect at a zoning hearing?
Cities in Georgia, both big and small, are all laid out in certain ways. It is this way to keep certain properties in certain places. This can be for safety reasons, but it is also often to give the town a specific flow. Zoning laws are in place to keep things in order -- so to speak.
There is a lot of land open and ready for development in Georgia. This does not mean that just anyone can buy the property and use it as they see fit. Building impacts the environment. As such, land use may be restricted in some areas, unless developers can prove that they will be building green.
Finding the right spot for a commercial development is not always easy. When one finally finds what he or she believes to be the perfect location, by the time the property is bought and building plans are submitted for approval, one may find that the county zoning board has decided that the plot of land cannot be used as intended. Rezoning occurs and now one's plan for the property are no good. What, if anything, can be done?
Legal jargon can be downright confusing. When it comes to land use and zoning, there are a number of terms that Georgia residents may not be familiar with or fully understand. Knowing what these terms mean could prove helpful when dealing with a property issue.
Developing land in Georgia is not as simple as picking a plot and building. Land use laws sometimes hinder development. So, some developers really have a lot of hoops they have to jump through if they want to see their projects come full circle.
When leasing property, tenants are at the mercy of the property owners. When land use and land owners change, this could affect a tenant's ability to remain on site regardless of whether he or she wishes to move. An aviation group in Forsyth has found this out the hard way and is now in the process of looking for a new plot of land to lease.
Land-use regulations can be a pain in the neck, really. They serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes, the restrictions and control can be a little much. On top of that, land use and zoning laws can be difficult to understand and are frequently changing. Those in Georgia who are dealing with a land use and zoning issue may feel overwhelmed by it all, which is completely understandable.
Getting approval to build in an already busy area may not prove easy for developers in Georgia. However, city officials in Atlanta recently approved a site for a mixed-use development. This is a project that has been talked about for over a year. As the development is a mixed-use site, the developer may have had to go through a lot to get land use and zoning approval.
In Georgia, certain pieces of real estate are set aside for specific purposes. For example, in Macon, there is a parcel of land that is zoned for distributing warehouses. A company is interested in said property, but even with the zoning correct for its purpose, the company has to seek approval from the zoning board before it can move forward with building on the property.