Why would you need to hire a zoning attorney and what are the benefits of having a zoning attorney on your team in Ohio?

If you are facing a zoning issue or a mandate to cease certain conduct, you will likely be dealing with a planning and zoning commission, a zoning inspector; a zoning review board and likely a county prosecutor.  Requests for variances may involve county or township officials.  While it may seem on the surface to be somewhat of a straightforward matter, in reality, the process can be very complex.  One will be dealing with extensive zoning regulations which must be reviewed and complied with, and requests often require notice to neighbors who may object.  Moreover, the process can be mired by local customs, political drama, and even the personal attitudes of city officials. That’s why using the experienced zoning attorneys at Zellar & Zellar, Attorneys at Law, Inc., to navigate the process can make all the difference. If you are looking for zoning attorneys in Central Ohio, from Zanesville to Columbus, Ohio and in between, our attorneys are here to assist you.  Please call our office and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys who can assist with your zoning matter.

An experienced zoning attorney can assist you in obtaining the requested zoning permit or variance by fully complying with all of the  regulatory requirements set forth in the zoning regulations the apply to the matter.  There are numerous administrative hurdles that may arise and having someone to assist you with the legal process is importanty.  For instance, an attorney can assist you to determine the overall goals of the community through a careful review of zoning ordinances and the locale’s comprehensive plan. This can help you to specifically tailor your presentation to the relevant board or commission to ensure that the presentation addresses all necessary issues and concerns set forth in the zoning regulations or overall plan.  An attorney can review previous zoning decisions to help you spot potential issues with your zoning project before you ever get to the zoning meeting; this allows you to either resolve issues early on or prepare your best defense to perceived weaknesses in your zoning request.

If you are facing an injunction or request for injunctive relief from the County Prosecutor, a strong defense is very important.  Often a case can be defended with knowledge of the relevant statutes, for example, the broad exemptions provided to agricultural use, or for construction of buildings incident to the agricultural use, or as a qualified farm market under the Ohio Revised Code.  Broad discretion is afforded to these types of activities but they are often objectionable to township officials even though their use is within the statutory guidelines.  Hiring competent help as soon as possible is important.  The attorneys at Zellar and Zellar, Attorneys at Law, Inc., are here to help  Call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Another way an attorney at Zellar & Zellar, Attorneys at Law, Inc., can assist you with zoning issues is to determine the unique personalities and political leanings of the board or commission members you may be facing throughout the zoning process. By knowing in advance the particular leanings or biases of the decision makers, an attorney can assist in crafting an argument or presentation that appeals to those particular interests and biases. While zoning decisions are intended to be apolitical, in reality, the behind-the-scenes politics of a city, town, or village can oftentimes have a subtle (or not-so-subtle) influence on the decision.  Often relationships with neighbors who object and are friendly with county officials can be a problem, since notice is required but often not consent of neighbors.

Not all zoning attorneys are the same, and you may find a vast difference in the experience levels even among the zoning attorneys in central and southeastern Ohio, from Zanesville to Columbus. Be sure any zoning attorney you work with is experienced in the zoning issues confronting you and can assist you in quickly and successfully resolving your zoning issues.  Call Zellar & Zellar, Attorneys at Law, Inc., today to schedule your free consultation.

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