Whether you are subdividing land or living in a subdivision it is important to be aware of the zoning laws in your area.
A zoning ordinance is comprised of laws that mandate land use, density and utilities.
Its purpose is to regulate and protect the public, provide a competitive business environment and guide the growth of a city.
Zoning is the legal foundation for that objective at the city level and neighborhood level, which many times includes subdivisions.
A subdivision is a large area of land that has been divided into two or more parcels to make it easier to sell or develop. The most common type of subdivision is for construction of residential homes. Land is also subdivided for commercial or industrial development.
Creating a subdivision is usually subsequent to the developer applying for a zoning permit in the area. The city needs to approve it and issue a permit based on whether or not that specific land can be developed, also considering how it may be zoned.
Zoning guides the growth and development in a manner that is compatible with a city’s comprehensive land use plan, creating a level of predictability which protects property values. For example, a home has a better chance of maintaining its value if located next to similar homes, as opposed to being located next to a landfill. Zoning removes that uncertainty.
A zoning ordinance codifies permitted land uses, such as single family units, multifamily units, commercial units or industrial buildings. The laws also proscribe how many units can be built on a parcel, how much parking must be provided and in some instances how high buildings can be constructed. This provides legal standing in disputes between property owners.
Subdivision Zoning Regulations
Subdivision zoning regulations address what is permitted in or near homes, nuisance laws and rights of property owners to modify their property. However, in most cases a subdivision or neighborhood is not exclusively zoned for residential use. There could also be public uses such as schools or parks and commercial uses such as shops or gas stations. Industrial uses typically will not be found near residential uses. Some of the most commons zoning rules regulate building heights, setback limits and parking requirements.
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