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Zoning and its impact on how properties may be used

The acquisition of a parcel of land may be a major step for any Wisconsin resident looking to build their dream home or construct the facility that will house their business. Finding the perfect place where one can foresee a pleasant or profitable future may motivate them to pursue their real estate plans with vigor. However, despite their intentions and desires for developing their parcel into exactly what they want, a person may be stopped from fulfilling their dreams by rules that control how their land can be used.

Zoning is the practice of assigning parcels of land that are near to each other with similar permissible uses. For example, a city or municipality may zone a large section of land as industrial so that factories and other large business facilities may operate close to each other. This essentially keeps these big businesses out of neighborhoods and prevents them from disrupting the everyday practices of residents.

Zones often include, but do not have to be limited to, residential zones, commercial zones, industrial zones and agricultural zones. If a person purchases a parcel of land that is not zoned for the type of use they foresee for it, they may face challenges when it comes to bringing their plans into fruition.

Exceptions can sometimes be made to zoning regulations, and securing such an exception requires both time and knowledge about the laws that govern real estate use. Those readers who have questions about zoning and who have concerns about how their land may be affected by zoning regulations are encouraged to seek their own legal counsel on these important real estate and land use issues.

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