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.
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.