Land Use and Zoning Attorney in Dallas
Zoning and land use is where real estate intersects with politics. Depending on the location, business operations, and general intention of use, your project will require certain permits and adherence to local and federal ordinances. It is critical for you to understand how land use and zoning apply to your development, and how to change them as needed to enable your vision.
Our attorney at McPherson Law Firm PLLC has over three decades of experience in this field. With a background in real estate as well as environmental law, Attorney McPherson is well-equipped to help you meet your long-term goals with a legally and financially sound plan.
Understanding Land Use and Zoning Laws in Texas
Our primary goal at McPherson Law Firm PLLC is to help you build foundations for financial success without compromising full legal compliance. While some business operators and property owners believe they can take shortcuts to avoid costs, violations will not go unnoticed, and the resulting penalties and enforcement actions can far exceed the original cost of compliance.
Essentially, land use and zoning laws regulate the use and development of real estate. Zoning is the means local governments use to restrict how you may use your real property. It is a very complicated area of the law, because 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
Whether you are a developer or business owner, our Texas zoning lawyer can help you adhere to the complex network of land use and zoning laws that may affect your right to develop your property. We can also identify and acquire the necessary water or waste/air permits and avoid environmental violations.
The larger cities in Texas, notably San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth, also have rules that may require you to complete archaeological surveys and preserve historic structures and features. These rules often rely on regulations adopted by the US Secretary of the Interior to determine how detailed a survey or study is required, and protect historic structures or features (and if so, to what extent), or allow a developer to demolish or renovate it.
This entire area is very subjective with lots of grey areas, and our Texas cultural resources lawyer can provide you with competent, experienced, legal expertise, to contain your costs by limiting the scope of these projects and completing what is necessary in a cost-effective way.
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As a solution-oriented firm, we 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.