YARDLEY, PA, Sep 27, 2016—Whether you're buying a new home or building on to your existing one, it's important to be aware of property zoning, says Wes Foster, Founder & CEO of Long & Foster Real Estate.
“Zoning is the government’s way of controlling the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property may be put,” says Foster.
Zoning regulations establish how the land can be used, either for residential, industrial, commercial, or recreational purposes – although they can also allow for more than one use in a given jurisdiction.
Designed to protect you, your neighbors, and the community from undesirable, or inappropriate, land uses and/or construction, zoning laws in many communities can be very rigid and inflexible.
“On the other hand,” Foster explains, “zoning can protect your property value and give you a peace of mind. This is particularly true in instances where the community debates whether to locate a prison in your neighborhood or a neighbor illegally builds a second story onto his home that blocks your view of the lake or mountains.”
Before you begin any remodeling jobs, determine how your local zoning laws might affect your project.
How can you check on your zoning? “Zoning ordinances and maps are a matter of public record,” says Foster. “Visit your local zoning office, city hall, or some other local planning board and get a copy of your local ordinance.”
In some areas, if you have a legal description of the property (name, address, tax map, and parcel number), you can call the zoning office or city hall, or even e-mail your request for information.
Some communities also have their zoning maps and ordinances online and in local libraries.
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