When you purchase real estate in Lancaster, you may feel that you should have the right to put it to use in the way that suits you. However, zoning laws often restrict how land can be used, and may prevent you from maximizing the potential of your investment.
The attorneys at Herr & Low, P.C., guide our clients through the maze of local and state zoning laws, and take action when rezoning a piece of property is possible and advisable.
Common Types Of Zoning
In general, a property may be zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use, although in some locations, aesthetic, rural, agricultural or historic zones may also be a factor. If your real estate is located in a neighborhood, it will probably already be zoned for residential use. Likewise, if it is in an area where businesses or factories are prevalent, the zoning may be commercial or industrial. Some zoning restrictions may prevent you from operating a home-based business on your residential property.
Not only do zoning regulations detail the use of your property, they may also limit what kind of building you may construct, including additions to your existing home or business, garages, sheds and other outbuildings. You may be prohibited from putting any structure within a certain number of feet of your property line, or even from painting your home in a bright color that does not match the aesthetic tone of the community.
Talk To A Real Estate Attorney Who Serves Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Although zoning laws should benefit property owners, there are times when restrictions may reduce the value of your land. Contact our office at 717-397-7544 to set up an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys, or fill out our contact form to reach us by email.