While owning land may be exciting in its own right, you have to be aware of the rules and regulations associated with doing so. Whether you are looking to build a single-family dwelling with lots of open space in a residential area, a ranch development, or some other land development, the challenge with owning land is that it typically does not give you full carte blanche to do whatever you feel in that area.
The fact is that there are many land zoning types to look at, including zone codes, zone maps, zone districts, and form-based codes and other regulations to mention but a few. These zones are established within certain communities and the local government as places where certain construction projects can legally take place and will require a building permit for that particular land use.
The rules will vary based on where you go and, therefore, it is wise to come up with a comprehensive planning strategy. You might acquire land that is suitable for residential use but, in other cases, you might have something where you could legally set up a special commercial site on.
As you look for land to acquire, be sure to check the zoning of the lot and understand what is permitted and restricted in that zoning classification.
Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of zoning that you might find when looking for land. These are general zoning classifications to help start your research, but counties will have their own specific zoning classifications and sub-classifications (e.g., Rural Residential vs Residential, etc).
Residential zoning typically entails working with personal residences. Sometimes it might involve allowing one single-family home per lot and in other instances, it might allow higher density buildings such as townhouses, apartments, or condos.
Many counties with large amounts of rural land will have the concept of Rural Residential zoning. Often they set minimum parcel lot sizes to create distance between homes and maintain the rural atmosphere of the area. Rural residential zoning also often entail rules as to what particular types of animals and level of crops you can have on the property. Many residential zoning classifications in rural areas allow for small scale / hobby farming. You might also see rules relating to whether you could get a business established within a residential property. All the rules involved with residential zoning laws are critical to your home.
Depending on where you go, you may be subjected to rules relating to what you can build and how big a property can be. You might even have rules as to what the physical appearance of a property will look like. This is a common point in many communities as specific standards have to be met to create a uniform approach.
Commercial zoning rules involve the rules for what types of businesses you can establish in an area. You might have limits as to which specific kinds can be set up in your area. For instance, you might be able to get a hotel or shopping center established in an area. Meanwhile, some entertainment-based properties like a nightclub or bar might be off limits or at least prohibited within a certain distance from a school or church among other public buildings.
There may be some rules abound in terms of the commercial buildings you can develop as well. You might be limited in that you could be told to build something under a certain height. You might also have to avoid building sites for commercial entities that might be frowned upon in a local area.
Industrial zoning refers to getting a space ready for a factory or other spot that might hire a large number of people. This could entail a site like a power-generating plant or a warehouse. Whatever the case is, the zoning is often used to ensure that buildings that produce noise or pollution are segmented into very specific areas. This is to separate them from residential or commercial properties.
The next zoning type refers to agricultural zoning. This refers to spots where large-scale farms can be built. Ranches may also qualify under agricultural zoning. Such laws are designed to protect spaces where farming activities may be easier to complete. A spot like this will be protected from other developments and cases where different buildings or other items might be at risk of being added to an area.
Agricultural areas are especially great if you have a plan for starting up a farm. Such a zone will ensure that the land you will use will not be hurt by other developments. This is critical as you need to ensure that anything you plan on growing can be prepared properly and that you won’t be at risk of anything in a farm spot being harmed in any form.
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As you look for land to buy for your own, it is a necessity for you to look at what rules come with developing land in a space of interest to you. We include the zoning in our listings so you can do the research necessary to see if the parcel is right for your needs. Also, it always make sense to call the county planning & zoning department to understand if your use case is permitted on the property.
We have many great parcels of land for you to invest in today. The options we have are varied in terms of where they are located, sizes and permitted uses. We will help you with getting a clear idea of what to expect out of any kind of investment you want to get into.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can get your land ready for any intentions you might hold based on the zones that are available. We will help with providing you the resources you need from the county to determine the zoning permitted uses and restrictions so you can enjoy your land to the fullest extent possible.