Starting a new project here in the Atlanta area may provide a sense of excitement, but it also provides numerous tasks and potential obstacles that require attention. For instance, zoning issues can be particularly tricky to deal with, especially if a request to rezone the property is contemplated. Issues could arise that may stall or even stop a project before it even has a chance to get off the ground.
Over the years, many industrial businesses have gone out of business here in Georgia just as they do everywhere else. Sometimes, those properties stay empty for years until a developer comes along and wants to make use of the land. Unless the developer uses the property for its original zoning purpose, the new project will more than likely encounter some zoning issues.
Some areas of Georgia need to continue to grow and expand. This requires municipal authorities to determine how to best use the available land in order to accommodate growth and preserve the environment. A great deal of land\-use planning requires a balance of these two needs.
Before the housing market crashed, numerous developers throughout Georgia bought up large tracts of land on which to build houses. Now, in the aftermath of recession, many of those acres remain undeveloped because the housing projects could not be finished, which leaves the homeowners living in those developments with the entire tax burden for the area. One Georgia county is considering tackling the zoning issues that created the situation.
Zoning ordinances serve varied purposes. Some areas are zoned, for example, to prevent residences from being built near hazardous businesses. Other municipalities establish land use and zoning laws to protect the environment and prevent developers from exhausting natural resources. While not all Georgia zoning laws are strictly enforced, one developer is finding his way blocked despite having received past approval for his plans.
Perhaps your family has owned property here in Georgia in the same place for several years (or generations) or you spent a significant amount of time choosing the site for your brick and mortar small business. Then a neighbor moves in and land use issues interfere with your enjoyment of your property. What can you do about it?
The landscape of Georgia's cities, towns and municipalities always seems to be changing. As the years go by, parcels of land are rezoned and redeveloped. This could mean that the state may attempt to enforce the right of eminent domain. This may be one of the most disturbing and upsetting land use issues for homeowners.
This past June, energy company Kinder Morgan reported that the Elba Liquefaction Project had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In obtaining permission, Kinder Morgan will be able to expand the function of the Elba Island facility. Located five miles downstream from Savannah, Georgia, the LNG facility will be able to import and export liquefied natural gas, shipping the gas to free trade countries.
Previously, we began looking at the topic of zoning, and specifically why it is important to work with an experienced attorney in navigating zoning matters. One good reason is that, as we mentioned last time, administration of zoning laws in Atlanta is handled by several different groups. Navigating the process is not necessarily an easy matter, particularly when one faces opposition in zoning matters.