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Ways to settle a property line dispute

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.

How to file a rezoning request in Minneapolis

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.

Finding help when land use violates existing zoning laws

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.

What are zoning laws and why is my property use restricted?

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.

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.

DOJ files suit against MN city for rejecting mosque proposal in 2012

Freedom of religion is an important aspect of American culture, especially in the area of land use and zoning. Faith communities interested in establishing centers of congregation have certain access rights that cannot be ignored without limiting their ability to practice their faith. A good example of how such issues can play out is a Department of Justice lawsuit filed against the City of St. Anthony Village in connection with the rejection of a proposal to build an Islamic center back in 2012.

Good, bad or, well, just news: State's sand is fit for fracking p3

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.

Good, bad or, well, just news: State's sand is fit for fracking p2

While the heyday of Minnesota's Iron Range is over, another mining boom may be around the corner. For environmentalists, that is not such good news. The sand mines in the state, notably the mines in Houston County, are hoping to supply the gas and oil industry with a key ingredient of the solution used in fracturing.

Good, bad or, well, just news: State's sand is fit for fracking

Minnesota may not be sitting on the Bakken shale, but we do have a seat in the second row of the fracking controversy. Fracking, of course, is short-hand for hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract oil and natural gas from shale deposits.

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