Since New York City adopted the first zoning ordinances in 1916, land-use and zoning regulations have become standard in nearly all municipalities, particularly in urban areas. Each municipality may enact its own zoning and land-use ordinances specific to the needs of that particular area. These municipalities are also responsible for creating the planning and zoning boards that enact these ordinances and address any grievances of the landowners and residents within their community.
A previous post on this blog discussed the controversy surrounding the proposed demolition of an old Philadelphia church. The controversy pits the current owners of the church and the proposed buyer, which wants to demolish the church and build condominiums, against activists who think losing the church will cost the neighborhood a lot of its historic character.
A historic church in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia faces an uncertain fate due to a dispute about whether a developer should be allowed to destroy it in order to make space for some new townhomes that would likely attract new residents, and wealth, to the neighborhood.
A Philadelphia business entrepreneur will often choose to buy instead of lease land as a home for his or her business. For them, purchasing real estate means more than simply having a nice building for one's needs. The real estate is also a business investment and, as an investment, it has to pay off.
There are many people who live in Philadelphia who probably know that the city has zoning laws. However, there may be a temptation on the part of some, even those who might otherwise know better, to attempt to cut corners in the hope they will not get caught breaking the rules.
In order to proceed with a building project or development, certain and necessary approvals must be made. Zoning laws are important to understand because they can have a tremendous impact on a proposed, planned or existing real estate or commercial real estate projects. It is essential for developers and individuals engaged in real estate or commercial real estate transactions to be well versed in local zoning laws and may also need to understand how to seek a variance from zoning laws or other ways to tackle zoning concerns.
This blog recently discussed the importance of the zoning process when developing in Philadelphia, and how to obtain a zoning permit in Philadelphia. Revitalization in certain Philadelphia neighborhoods has been making an impact on the city. Both commercial developers and private residential developers have been developing North Philly. The revitalization has been met with mixed reactions from residents and businesses alike.
Zoning laws and regulations and the familiarity with these laws are important to businesses in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Zoning laws can have a significant impact on how a company does business and how it grows and expands. Understanding these laws and how to navigate them can be an important element of the success of a business.
Law for zoning are important for many businesses and real estate transactions. As a result, parties to real estate transactions and business owners may wonder what zoning laws are. Zoning ordinances regulate the use of property which is why they are important for businesses and parties contemplating a real estate transaction to consider. Zoning ordinances can have an impact on a real estate transaction or the operation or expansion of a business.
One year ago, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation that made the growing and sale of marijuana for medical purposes legal in the commonwealth. Now, county boards and zoning boards in the Philadelphia suburbs and elsewhere are beginning to consider how their zoning ordinances must be changed to accommodate the limited legalization of marijuana.