Land use and development law is a crucial framework that governs how land is utilized, developed and modified. It shapes our communities, balances competing interests and ensures sustainable growth and provides a foundation for balancing the interests of property owners, developers, local communities and the government in shaping the built environment. Whether you’re a developer, property owner or simply interested in the field, gaining an understanding the key mechanisms of land use and development law is essential.
Zoning is a primary tool used in land use and development law to regulate and control the use of land within a particular jurisdiction. Zoning ordinances divide land into different zones or districts. Understanding and complying with local zoning regulations is crucial for developers to ensure their projects align with the designated land use. Zoning regulations prescribe specific requirements and restrictions for each zoning district. These may include building height and setback requirements, density and floor area ratios, parking and landscaping standards, signage regulations, environmental protections and sustainability measures, noise and nuisance controls and historic preservation guidelines.
The process of obtaining development approvals and permits is another key aspect of land use and development law. Depending on the scope and nature of the project, developers must navigate through various regulatory processes, including submitting applications, conducting environmental assessments, engaging with stakeholders, and complying with building codes and safety standards.
Land use law encompasses a broad range of regulations that govern the allocation, development and utilization of land. These laws are typically established at the local, regional and national levels and are designed to promote orderly growth, protect public interests and ensure environmental sustainability. Land use law covers a variety of aspects including zoning, building codes, subdivision regulations, historic preservation and environmental protections.
Christopher Dasti, Brian Clancy and the team at Dasti & Staiger, Attorneys at Law are dedicated to counseling clients through any land use related matters. Before purchasing a piece of property or expanding on an existing piece of property, contact the attorneys of Dasti & Staiger to ensure that you understand the land use and zoning requirements of that property.