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Georgia developer faces land use and zoning conflicts

Zoning ordinances serve varied purposes. Some areas are zoned, for example, to prevent residences from being built near hazardous businesses. Other municipalities establish land use and zoning laws to protect the environment and prevent developers from exhausting natural resources. While not all Georgia zoning laws are strictly enforced, one developer is finding his way blocked despite having received past approval for his plans.

Land use issues and nuisance claims

Perhaps your family has owned property here in Georgia in the same place for several years (or generations) or you spent a significant amount of time choosing the site for your brick and mortar small business. Then a neighbor moves in and land use issues interfere with your enjoyment of your property. What can you do about it?

Land use issues and the concept of eminent domain

The landscape of Georgia's cities, towns and municipalities always seems to be changing. As the years go by, parcels of land are rezoned and redeveloped. This could mean that the state may attempt to enforce the right of eminent domain. This may be one of the most disturbing and upsetting land use issues for homeowners.

Elba Island LNG facility expansion

This past June, energy company Kinder Morgan reported that the Elba Liquefaction Project had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In obtaining permission, Kinder Morgan will be able to expand the function of the Elba Island facility. Located five miles downstream from Savannah, Georgia, the LNG facility will be able to import and export liquefied natural gas, shipping the gas to free trade countries.

Local zoning dispute leads to appeal

Previously, we began looking at the topic of zoning, and specifically why it is important to work with an experienced attorney in navigating zoning matters. One good reason is that, as we mentioned last time, administration of zoning laws in Atlanta is handled by several different groups. Navigating the process is not necessarily an easy matter, particularly when one faces opposition in zoning matters.

Why work with an attorney when zoning issues arise?

Last time, we began discussing the topic of zoning and the impending update of Atlanta’s zoning codes. Zoning regulations can have a significant impact on both private residents and businesses in any industry, as they impact how land is developed, what uses land have, and the height, size, and placement of buildings on lots, as well as building density and number of parking spaces per building.

Atlanta zoning regulations to be updated in three to five years

Zoning is an important area of law dealing with land-use and development, and which impacts how local governments plan their layout and organization. Zoning law is primarily a function of local governments, but Georgia state law does have minimum procedures to assure the general public has due process when local governments exercise their zoning power.

A brief look at how the zoning board weighs requests for variances

In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of zoning, and the importance of working with an experienced attorney when dealing with zoning matters. For businesses and real estate developers, one of the ways zoning issues can come up is when a variance or special exception needs to be requested.

Looking at the City of Atlanta’s zoning arm

Earlier this month, the city of Alpharetta reportedly kicked off the process of making updates to its city-wide land use plan, asking citizens to get involved by attending public meetings and make their voices heard. The city is reportedly required to update its Comprehensive Land Use Plan every five years.

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