Zoning is a major part of city planning. Various types of commercial zones where stores and restaurants are located, industrial zones where factories and warehouses are located and residential zones where homes and apartments are built all have their place in a well-designed city. More importantly, they ensure that these areas remain attractive to those looking to move into them and more importantly, they protect property values.
Still, there are always exceptions. Occasionally you may see a restaurant in a residential neighborhood or an apartment complex in a block of businesses. If you want to open a business in an area not zoned for it, you will need to apply for a zoning variance.
What is a zoning variance?
A zoning variance gives property owners permission to use their land for their intended purpose, even if it does not meet the requirements of the zone in which it is located. Generally, you will have to show that allowing the variance will not bring current property values down or interfere with current residents’ use of their property.
Obtaining a zoning variance in Millville
To obtain a zoning variance in Millville, you need to apply one and your application must be accepted by the Zoning Board at a zoning board meeting following a hearing on the matter. If you are a corporation or LLC, you must be represented by an attorney at the meeting.
Once the Zoning Office gives you your hearing date in writing, you will need to give nearby property owners notice of your application for a zoning variance 10 days or more before the zoning board meeting. You also must publish a Legal Notice of your zoning variance application in the Daily Journal 10 days or more before the zoning board meeting. You will also need to be up to date on all taxes for your application before a variance can be heard by the Zoning Board.
If you want a zoning variance it is important to follow all legal requirements for obtaining one. Many people find working with an attorney on the matter helps them achieve their real estate goals.