Local governments are responsible for deciding what can and cannot be done in certain areas of land. This leads to zoning, where local policymakers restrict the use of the property and provide allowable land uses within its jurisdiction. With so many restrictions it’s important for business owners to understand zoning and its impact on their business. By using the Agenda Discovery tracking software, you can stay on top of the latest happenings regarding land use.
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Land Use Can Become Costly
While costs can vary depending on the land and its regulations, the approval to use certain land can be costly. According to the Independent Institute, many applicants may spend $5,000 to $20,000 to gain approval for a basic conditional use permit. Not to mention the additional fees that might incur for transportation engineers or environmental consultants. If you’re a business owner looking to expand into a new land use, it’s your responsibility to stay up to date on usage costs.
Breaking Land Use Regulations Can Lead to Fines
Another aspect business owners must consider are regulations on how and where businesses can operate in the area. For example, in Adrian Hernandez v. City of Hanford, a furniture business owner was cited for violating an ordinance limiting furniture stores to an area of 2,500 square feet. Laws like this aren’t uncommon, and if business owners are not careful, they can be hit with hefty fines. Staying on top of land regulations will help you avoid these kinds of fines as the costs associated with them.
Stay Within Your Rights By Staying Up To Date
When it comes to owning a business, there are a lot of responsibilities that you must abide by. Land use is another thing to consider when conducting business. By staying on top of the latest regulations that policymakers are discussing, you can make sure you are following local laws. Furthermore, it gives your business time to make any adjustments necessary to stay up to code on future regulations.
Play It Smart With Agenda Discovery
Land use ordinances can be complex and difficult to understand. As a business owner, it’s even harder to find the time to research the latest news regarding local government regulations. That’s why we created Agenda Discovery, an easy-to-use software built with a business owner in mind. By simply plugging in keywords related to your industry, our software will alert you to any updates happening within your municipality that could impact your business. Contact us today to receive a 30-minute demo and learn why Agenda Discovery is the right tool for you.