Real estate is a cutthroat business. In addition, it is also a complicated business. Whether you’re renovating a house or developing a property, you will likely encounter land use and zoning laws, which threaten to hinder your projects. Whether you’re seeking approval from government agencies, legislative bodies or courts, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County land use and zoning attorney to learn what you need to know about land use and zoning laws in New York.

What Do You Need to Know About New York Land Use and Zoning Laws?

In plain terms, land use and zoning laws regulate the use and development of public and private real estate. Zoning is the most common form of land-use regulations, used by municipalities to control local property development. Other legal issues pertaining to land use include easements, trespassing and eminent domain. These rules and regulations come in four major types.

What are the four major types of land use zoning?

The first major type of land use zoning is functional zoning, which defines zones according to their function, i.e. commercial, residential, industrial, administrative or green space. Land use zones are subject to different regulations. Form-based zoning, the second major type, focuses on a zone’s physical characteristics, i.e. downtown, uptown, East Side, historical district, manufacturing district, etc. This form defines the level of urban density. The third type, intensity zoning, sets land-use restrictions on the density of development efforts, defining them as high, low or average density or no development. There is some flexibility in the forms and functions of land use development. And lastly, incentive zoning rewards one for development in defined areas and incites the provisions of amenities.

How can a New York land use and zoning law attorney help you?

A skilled Rockland County Real Estate Attorney provides quality land use and zoning legal services related to matters of:

  • Zoning
  • Planning
  • Land use
  • Development projects
  • Variances
  • Special Exceptions
  • Subdivision Approvals
  • Securing municipal, state and federal permits

Given the amount of money that you have put into your real estate investments, an adverse decision could financially destroy you. If you hope to recoup your investment, you will need quality legal representation from an experienced team of real estate attorneys to ensure that the municipal authorities of Rockland County, Westchester County and across the Lower Hudson Valley define your development project or projects appropriately. You can’t afford to go it alone.

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The Lauterbach Law Firm is proud to serve clients throughout Rockland County who are faced with legal matters related to estate planning, real estate, foreclosure defense, landlord-tenant law, business law, and criminal defense. If you require the services of an experienced team of attorneys, contact The Lauterbach Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.