San Juan Capistrano Zoning Attorney

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Zoning Planning & Land Use Law in California

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

Local governments will typically 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 various 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 considerably.

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 Juan Capistrano, California

If a condition on your property violates the local zoning laws of San Juan Capistrano, 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 substantial, and fixing it wouldn't cost very much, this is probably the best and easiest option.

Of course, simply fixing a zoning violation isn't always inexpensive or easy, and may interfere with your planned use of your property. For example, you might have just undertaken a substantial remodeling of your home, and later found out that some small part of it technically doesn't conform to San Juan Capistrano, California's zoning laws. If this happens to you, you can apply to your local zoning board for what's known as a "variance." This is simply a decree by the zoning board that the particular rule your property violates no longer applies. The Supreme Court has held that local zoning boards have to grant variances when the violation is quite minor, and enforcing the ordinance would be unduly burdensome and not in the public interest.

You are also protected if your land is currently in full compliance with local zoning regulations, but the area where your land sits is re-zoned, and your property is suddenly not in compliance with the new zoning regulations. Usually, these new regulations cannot be used to force you to change existing conditions on your property. No laws can be applied retroactively, under the U.S. Constitution. Of course, if you make any improvements on your land after the law changes, you'll have to comply with the new law.

What Can A San Juan Capistrano, 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 conflict will be markedly improved if you hire an efficient San Juan Capistrano, California real estate attorney to help.

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Life in San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, California is a city located in Orange County with an approximate population of 33.826 people. This small city is filled with a lot of history. It was created around Mission San Juan Capistrano. Therefore, the city has a lot of building which complement a Spanish style architecture.

San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful suburb filled with million dollar homes, gated communities, hills, and ranches. It seems like heaven on earth! Popular attractions include the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission Basillica San Juan Capistrano, Trabuco Creek, El Adobe de Capistrano, The Depot, and Los Rios District.

Being located in Orange County, residents have no problems finding competent attorneys for their legal needs. Orange County is home to many law firms of all sizes, practicing in all areas of law.

Overall San Juan Capistrano residents are blessed with a strong legal force, gorgeous community, and wonderful quality of life.

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