Whether you wish to expand your current business and need to remove governmental restrictions on the land or want to purchase a dilapidated residential property and create a successful retail business, the zoning and land use attorneys at KJK can help you fight to change the zone of your property.
We can negotiate with your local or city government, defend your rights at a public hearing and build goodwill with the local residents to ensure you receive the zoning you need.
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- If you want to change the zoning of your property, you can ask for a rezoning. Depending on locale of the property, you may need to speak with the relevant city council or your village government. If your property is located in a county or township, you must also comply with state law, making it more difficult to rezone in these areas.
- Rezoning is complicated since zoning and land use planning usually considers the entire area, including public health, population density and the environment. You may need to prove that your development benefits the area in some way.
- Before fighting to rezone your property, consult with KJK’s Zoning and Land Use attorneys to see if it’s necessary. If your area follows Cumulative Zoning, multiple zones may exist within one area. However, Euclidean Zoning is more restrictive.
- You may also want to consider altering your plan to stay within the current zoning or ask for a use variance instead. KJK can advise you on your business expansion or property addition. Before investing in a property or a project, consult with KJK to ensure you can alter the zoning, or your project fits within the current regulations.
Zoning Commission Appearances & Negotiation
Boards of Zoning Appeals Appearances
The KJK team can help you negotiate exaction terms in your lease or sale agreement and also ensure you comply with the requirements once agreed.
Municipal Government Appearances
Design Review Board Appearances & Negotiation
The team at KJK can help you determine whether you must run your changes by a design review board. If the board is hesitant about your changes, we can initiate negotiations to help you make the changes you wish.
At KJK, we can help you understand all the zones, including any overlays that affect your property. Whether you want to fight to alter them or need advice on how to proceed with your plans within the current restrictions, the KJK team can help.
Takings & Eminent Domain
If the government takes your property under eminent domain, they must provide you with just compensation. If you believe their offer is low, you can take the government to court in an appropriate action, a specific lawsuit at state level. The team at KJK can represent you, ensuring you receive the highest amount of compensation possible for your property.
Unlike rezoning, use variances only affect your property and could revert if you sell your property.
KJK Wins Rezoning for Royalton Collection
The client came to us for advice, and our team proceeded to fight for approval for a zoning change to allow a retail shopping center on the premises. Our multifaceted strategy included winning the support of local private homeowners by making presentations to their HOA boards. We also met with the city council and the Zoning Commission to present a comprehensive argument for the rezoning.
KJK succeeded in changing the zoning for our client, who has redeveloped and leased 100% of available spaces.