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What is a conditional use permit as it relates to zoning laws?

In Minneapolis, a conditional use permit is required when a land use application at first glance does not comply with all of the standards and conditions of the zoning ordinance. According to the Land Use and Zoning Overview for Minneapolis, a conditional use permit must have a public hearing before it can be approved.

The hearing is held before the City Planning Commission. This will give the commission a chance to review the uses the permit may allow if approved. If the commission determines that that all of the standards and conditions of the zoning ordinance will be complied with, then the commission may make a finding issuing the permit.

The requirement of a public hearing is required in Minnesota statute 462.3595. The statute also states that the permit can remain in place as long as the conditions of the permit are met. However, the statute also states that the permit can be amended by the municipality.

When it comes to land use permits and zoning laws, the statutes and local laws can quickly become very confusing. If the proper land use permits are not approved ahead of time, there could be massive expenses incurred by the property owner.

An experienced real estate attorney can provide advice on

-- Building permits

-- Rezoning requests

-- Conditional use permits

-- Variances

-- Property line disputes

-- Road and utility easements

These are just some of the issues you may encounter when dealing with zoning laws in Minneapolis. By working with a legal professional instead of on your own, you may find that the process will go much easier.

Source: The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, "462.3595 Conditional Use Permits" Sep. 12, 2014

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