Texas Zoning Attorney
Land Use Lawyers Serving Clients in Dallas and Texas at Large
Zoning and land use is where real estate intersects with politics. And while zoning code details vary from city to city, they share a common legal foundation.
For example, Dallas features some of the most complex zoning laws in the United States, with a:
- Zoning board
- City council
- 29 property classifications within city limits
Every section of Dallas has a zoning classification, which may need to be rezoned depending on a developer's needs. Depending on the location, business operations, and intention of use, your project will require certain adherence to local and federal ordinances. It is critical to understand how land use and zoning apply to your development.
Our land use and zoning law attorney at McPherson Law Firm PLLC has over three decades of experience in this field. With a background in environmental and real estate law, Attorney McPherson is well-equipped to help you meet your long-term goals.
Understanding Land Use and Zoning Laws in Texas
While some business operators and property owners believe they can take shortcuts to avoid costs, violations will not go unnoticed. The resulting penalties and enforcement actions can far exceed the original cost of compliance.
Our primary goal at McPherson Law Firm PLLC is to help you build foundations for financial success without compromising legal compliance. Essentially, land use and zoning laws regulate the use and development of real estate.
What Exactly are Zoning Laws?
Zoning is the means local governments use to restrict how you may use your real property. Complex federal constitutional principals and state preemptive laws can limit local zoning ordinances.
Zoning laws, for example, prevent companies from building factories in or near neighborhoods. They can also regulate:
- Building height
- Number of trees
- Impervious cover
- Vested rights
- Urban infill
Texas has a complex network of laws affecting your right to develop your property. Whether you are a developer or business owner, our zoning lawyer in Dallas can help stay legally compliant. We can also identify and acquire the necessary water permits or waste/air permits and avoid environmental violations.
Cultural Resources in Texas
Larger cities in Texas also have rules that may require you to complete archaeological surveys and preserve historic features. These rules rely on regulations adopted by the US Secretary of the Interior to determine how detailed a survey is required.
This entire area is very subjective with lots of grey areas. Our Texas cultural resources lawyer can provide you with competent, experienced, legal expertise. We can help contain your costs by limiting the scope of these projects and efficiently completing what is necessary.
How Our Land Use & Zoning Law Team Can Help
Our land use attorneys can anticipate obstacles and identify problematic strategies. If we believe your current plan sets you up for failure, we will not simply say so. We can work closely with you to develop an alternative that accomplishes your goals without risking noncompliance.