Are your dreams of owning a land finally becoming a reality? Are you in the final stages of securing a piece of property through owner financing?
While purchasing property is definitely one of the most exciting and life-changing events that can occur for you, it’s vital that you remain aware of local laws that govern the area you will be moving into – especially when it comes to zoning.
Zoning regulations can affect the type home you want to build or even how you use the land. For instance, if you’re considering utilizing your property for a bit of agriculture or farming, there may be a zoning regulation that can inhibit this.
Or vice-versa, you may not realize that your neighbors have the right to use their land for business or farming purposes. Waking up everyday at 4:30 in the morning because of constant crowing, or the wind bringing in the unique smell of cows and goats, may not be your cup of tea.
At Santa Cruz Properties, we do our best to ensure that our clients find the best properties in Edinburg to meet their specific needs. That means we strive to be as informed about the land and zoning as you are. However, it is always in your own best interest to have a solid grasp of zoning laws in-and-around your property so you aren’t caught off guard in the upcoming years.#SantaCruzProperties has the perfect property for your zoning needs #ownerfinanced #land Click To Tweet
The Basics of Zoning
Zoning laws are generally set by local city (or county) governments to establish standards for land use. Zoning essentially breaks a given amount of land into different “zones” and controls the physical development of that land.
The purpose of zoning is to effectively organize land use for optimal efficiency and livability. This can mean restricting the type of buildings or land use that occur in the area, regulating the dimensional requirements of lots, controlling the density of development, and such to improve quality of life.
Ideally, zoning keeps businesses and industrial growth from popping up in the middle of a neighborhood, which could lead to quality of life issues for individuals should it occur.
Common Zoning Designations
Zoning laws generally break areas down into specific designations but it is important to recognize that even these overarching designations are broken down into other sublevels that can still affect what you do with your property.
Some of the most common zoning designations include:
- Residential: zoning designation that allows for homes and other residential units such as duplexes or larger apartment buildings.
- Industrial: allows for operation of factories and manufacturing businesses.
- Commercial: zoning area for retail, restaurants, business offices, etc.
- Rural: zoning designation for farms
- Historical and Environmental: zoning designations that provide protection to historically significant areas or structures and environmental regions.
As previously mentioned, it is vital to understand that these zoning designations are further sorted into sub-types that can still have an effect on how you use the land. For instance, “rural” zoning might stipulate the number of buildings or homes that are placed on the property. It can also affect the land usage if you were planning to utilize a portion of your property for farming or agriculture. Subtype zoning making signify the type of animals that are allowed on the property, so it is in your best interest to find out what exactly is, and what is not, allowed on the land.
Where Else Can I Find Out More About the Zoning of My Property?
At Santa Cruz Properties we do the research to provide the most up-to-date information to you as possible about the zoning of the property you are purchasing or interested in.
However, it is important to know that zoning classification can change. This can mean that the 20-acre lot in front of your rural residential lot may be allowed to be utilized for an agricultural business, entertainment venue, or any other number of uses.
On the plus side, though, this does mean that you might be able to obtain a zoning exemption to utilize yourland for another purpose beyond what it is zoned for. This usually requires a lot of paperwork, costs, time and effort, but at the very least the potential to change the zoning of your land is there.
While Santa Cruz Properties will provide you all the available information that we have regarding your property, it is still a good strategy to confirm this info by contacting the local governmental offices that deal with zoning and acquiring a zoning map from them.
It’s also a best practice to take a look at the zoning ordinances of neighboring properties, as their designation may allow them to utilize their land in a manner that would clash with your personal preference.
Let Santa Cruz Properties help you find the perfect property that meets your needs.
At Santa Cruz Properties we know that zoning bylaws and designations can get to be a little complicated, but our team of experts have the experience and know-how to help you find the perfect piece of land for your needs.
With owner-financing available, and prime locations all throughout the City of Edinburg, Santa Cruz Properties has the land of your dreams. Contact us today at (956) 383-0868 and we can help you find the right land with the right zoning designations for you.