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Zoning Planning & Land Use Law in California

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

Local governments will normally 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 many different purposes - but it its basic 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 substantially.

Zoning also serves the interests of industry, as well as residents. By ensuring that there are places where heavy industry can take place, well-planned zoning regulations will ensure that industrialists are free to practice their trade, and that residents will not be disturbed by those activities, which makes industry more proficient by helping it avoid costly nuisance lawsuits.

Possible Outcomes of Boundary and Title Disputes in San Diego, California

If a condition on your property violates the local zoning laws of San Diego, California, there are a few different solutions.

First of all, and most simply, the owner could just fix the violation. If the violation isn't very considerable, and fixing it wouldn't cost very much, this is probably the best and easiest option.

Sometimes, however, a landowner wants to make improvements on their property which might constitute a slight violation of San Diego, California's zoning laws. In this case, the owner can apply for a variance - an official agreement from the local government to not enforce a particular zoning regulation. Typically, variances are granted when the violation is extremely minor, and, enforcing the letter of the zoning law would not do much to advance its broader purpose.

Additionally, 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 San Diego, California Attorney Do?

If you are in the process of physically altering your property, you are almost certain to face some contentions having to do with local zoning laws. If you find that zoning laws are making it very hard to use your property as you see fit, you may have legal recourse, normally in the form of a variance. Of course, your chances of success in any zoning dispute will be immeasurably increased if you have the help of a qualified San Diego, California attorney.

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Life in San Diego

San Diego is one of California's most beautiful cities. It is filled with history, great attractions, great weather, and gorgeous beaches! Families can enjoy a day at the USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Reserve, Cabrillo National Monument, Pirate Ship Adventures, and Point Loma.

Alongside all the great attractions for family are the excellent restaurants, famous Mexican food, shopping (with great outlets like the Las Americas Premium Outlets), and great nightlife, especially in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. If you want to just relax and enjoy the beach, San Diego has many beaches to choose from such as Coronado Beach, Ocean Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.

San Diego also caters to its citizens' legal needs with many reputable law firms having office locations in prime areas of San Diego. In fact San Diego also has three law schools, whose graduates often find employment in these firms and travel around the United States for various cases. All in all, San Diegans have a beautiful ambiance to enjoy and great lawyers to protect and advocate for their legal interests.

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