Zoning is one of the most important legal tools used by local governments to encourage or prohibit certain types of real estate developments. Zoning intends to improve the living conditions in populated areas by preventing one land owner from damaging neighbors or the community from the improper use of the development of land. For example, a zoning ordinance might prohibit someone from placing an automobile shop next to a new home. The same ordinance that protects property from what happens next door also limits the development of property.
Every land owner should know what restrictions are in effect in their area or neighborhood. Consumers considering the purchase of a property should carefully review the existing zoning for that neighborhood or area, and also check with zoning officials about any zoning change applications that may have been filed. Would-be buyers should also become familiar with any zoning ordinances or master plan that might apply to that area as well.
It is important to know that in some jurisdictions, as well as the city of Houston, there may be NO zoning restrictions. (Click here check the weirdest images from Houston's lack of zoning laws!) Working with a knowledgeable REALTOR® can help you be aware of any zoning restrictions that might be in place.
Remember that a REALTOR® is always the best source of information for all your real estate needs.
Check out the City of Houston Planning and Development Department HERE.
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