Each Minnesota county has its own land use and zoning regulations that dictate where and what types of structures may be built on different tracts of land. Depending upon the county, a governing board of some type oversees land use and zoning issues for the county and enforces the rules applicable to such matters. Certain county officials work specifically on land use and zoning matters and help form the county's policies with regard to how real property may be utilized.
Readers of this Minneapolis land use and real estate law blog may have great relationships with their neighbors. Most people do until some issue related to their lots arises and leaves otherwise amicable neighbors arguing about where one's property begins and the other one's ends. When a property line dispute occurs, there are several actions that person can take to settle it.
When a Minneapolis resident finds the perfect location on which to open a business or build a home, the person can feel as though nothing can stand in the person's way. However, one big issue can arise if the person's dream location is not zoned for the type of use the individual intends. Zoning and land use laws dictate how land can be used as well as what kinds of structures can be built on it.
Zoning is a way that Hennepin County authorities may protect local residents from neighboring land uses that range from nuisances to dangers. Regions of the county are zoned for residential, commercial and other specific purposes; when a property within a particular zoning area does not conform to its specified use, the owner of the property may violate the county's zoning ordinances. That owner may have options for remedying his property's violation.
As individuals travel through Hennepin County they may notice a pattern to how the area is laid out. Houses cluster together in residential housing developments and businesses flank each other in commercial districts. Like buildings seem to be close together and this similarity of development is not the result of coincidence. The municipal regulation of land use and zoning dictates what types of buildings can be built in different areas of a community.
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.
This is the last in a series of posts about a dispute in Houston County, Minnesota. The Erickson mine had been part of a scheme to produce major quantities of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing. The frac operation never got off the ground, and Erickson pulled out. As we have explained in our last two posts, the sequence of events has forced the mine to go through a more complicated permit renewal process. We are picking up where we left off in our July 14, 2014, post.
Developers often run into land use zoning issues in the Twin Cities that can cause costly delays. One problem is that property owners and developers find themselves wandering through a maze of red tape when seeking approval from local planning boards, zoning boards, city councils, township boards and state agencies. Timing is of the essence in any real estate matter, and it can be critical for zoning and other land use issues to be resolved as efficiently as possible.
Do government inspectors have the authority to enter a rented home or apartment without the owner's consent to a search?
Earth Day is less than three weeks away. But controlling pollution and honoring the Earth while also protecting commercial property rights is no easy matter.