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Lebanon's Zoning

Zoning is a restriction on the way that land can be used. It allows governments to control the development of communities and ensure they are functional and safe places. Without zoning, a gun store could open up next to a school, an adult club next to a playground, and a busy store on your residential street. Zoning prevents these things from happening and by doing so, it protects property values and ensures communities work in an orderly fashion. 

The government- usually a local municipality, town or township- sets the zoning rules and regulations for any given area. There may be a number of different classifications set up under these zoning laws. For example, an area may be zoned "residential." There are also different types of residential zoning: some residential zones allow for single family homes, while others allow for apartments and townhouses or mixed housing, high rises or low rises. Other examples of broad categories under zoning laws include areas zoned "commercial", for businesses, or "agricultural", which would allow property owners to have livestock.


Property Zoning Generally

Most property owners in Lebanon will need to be aware of relevant property zoning restrictions dictating acceptable uses of their land. Zoning regulations differ drastically across communities, but generally attempt to maintain uniformity throughout neighborhoods by preventing uses not consistent with surrounding properties. The degree of uniformity will depend on the local zoning law, so property owners should consult with a land use lawyer to understand local zoning law and what they can do with their land.

In general, property zoning law is designed in an effort to prevent certain property uses from disrupting or conflicting with the use of neighboring property. Specifically, many zoning regulations go into great detail about what types of uses are acceptable in what locations. A typical zoning law will be broken down into a few broad categories, such as residential property zoning, commercial property zoning, and industrial property zoning, which may contain more specific provisions. In addition, environmentally protective zoning regulations are designed to preserve local parks or natural features from development or over-use. Local zoning law will vary from community to community, and any current or prospective property owner should consult a land use lawyer when making decisions about property use.

Consulting a Land Use Lawyer

When a property owner has questions about the local zoning law, needs to request a use variance, is affected by a proposed zoning change, or would like to protest any adjustment in the zoning regulations the first step is to work with a land use lawyer. Any kind of regulation of land use such as zoning is not only potentially complicated, but will carry very high stakes. A land use lawyer can help a property owner get the most out of their investment by working to prevent zoning regulations that diminish property value, or obtain a variance to zoning law that enhances it. Because zoning law can be very specific, a property owner who just has a question about the relevant zoning regulations controlling the neighborhood should look to a land use lawyer. Property zoning is an important aspect of living in a community, and every property owner should fully understand what zoning regulations restrict the use of their land and the surrounding properties. A local and experienced land use lawyer is an important asset when working with property zoning regulations, and should be consulted with any questions.

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