Redondo Beach Zoning Attorney

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Zoning Planning & Land Use Law in California

The laws governing how land can and cannot be used in Redondo Beach, California are fairly complex, and can be confusing to laypersons. This should provide a basic overview.

Local governments will usually divide the city or town into sections, called "zones," each of which is designated for a particular use, such as residential homes, commercial businesses, agriculture, manufacturing, etc. This process is known as "zoning."

Zoning serves several different purposes - but it its main one is to increase or preserve property values by ensuring that conflicting uses don't result in legal disputes. Obviously, if you bought a house in a residential neighborhood, and your neighbor could simply convert his property into a steel mill, your property's value as a residential lot would decrease significantly.

While zoning laws appear to be geared just toward protecting residents, they also protect industry, by ensuring that they are free to conduct their business without getting caught up in the many legal disputes that would be inevitable if they were closer to a residential area.

Possible Outcomes of Boundary and Title Disputes in Redondo Beach, California

Zoning laws are often quite extensive and meticulous, and it's very possible that your property in Redondo Beach, California contains some minor zoning violation that you don't know about. If this happens to you, you have significant legal protections.

First, and perhaps most obviously, you can correct the violation. If the violation is relatively minor, and correcting it would not cost you much or be a significant burden, this might be the best way to go.

However, it isn't always practical or affordable to correct a minor violation of a zoning law. For example, suppose you have just spent a large amount of money and effort remodeling a house to turn it into your dream home. You thought you were in total compliance with local zoning laws when you did this, but find out that there is some small, technical violation of Redondo Beach, California's zoning laws. In these cases, you have recourse in the form of a variance. You are entitled to petition the local zoning board to grant you a variance, which is an official decision not to apply a particular provision of a zoning law to a single violation. These aren't always granted, but generally have to be granted if the violation doesn't interfere with anyone else's use of their property, and doesn't thwart the purposes of local zoning laws.

Furthermore, zoning ordinances cannot be applied against you retroactively. For example, suppose you built a 3-story house on your property, and your property was zoned to allow 3-story houses to be built at the time of construction. And then, years later, the area you live in is re-zoned, to only allow 2-story houses. Can the local government force you to remove a whole level of your house? Of course not. Applying a law retroactively is unconstitutional. On the other hand, any future changes you want to make to your property will have to comply with the applicable zoning ordinance as it is currently written.

What Can A Redondo Beach, California Attorney Do?

If you want to make improvements to your property, apply for a variance, or contest a zoning regulation as being applied to you retroactively, you have a right to do so, including some constitutional protections. However, your chances of prevailing in a zoning dispute will be markedly improved if you hire an experienced Redondo Beach, California real estate attorney to help.

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Life in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California is a city in Los Angeles County. It is one of the three beach cities in Los Angles County. Its population is currently about 67,000 people.

Thanks to its highly desirable beachfront location, Redondo Beach, California has a fairly high cost of living, and its residents tend to be highly affluent. Many of these residents are successful professionals, such as attorneys.

The largest employer in Redondo Beach, California is Northrop Grumman, a very large player in the aerospace industry. This industry employs a large numbers of engineers and scientists, but high-tech companies also tend to employ a fairly significant number of lawyers, to handle things like trade secrets and employment law issues.

The lawyers of Redondo Beach, California are capable of handling sophisticated and complex cases, as well as ordinary legal issues that the average consumer is likely to face. If you need legal assistance, a Redondo Beach, California attorney can probably help.

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