Newington Zoning Attorney

Find the right Zoning Planning & Land Use attorney in Newington, CT

Zoning Planning & Land Use Law in Connecticut

The laws governing how land can and cannot be used in Newington, Connecticut 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."

Local governments have several different reasons for enacting zoning laws, ranging from ensuring that residential areas are peaceful and quiet, to protecting property values. For example, most people wouldn't buy a home in a neighborhood where they knew it was possible for a neighbor to turn their house into a factory.

Zoning laws usually acknowledge the necessities of things like factories, sewage treatment plants, and stockyards, but recognize that such activities shouldn't be conducted in residential areas.

Possible Outcomes of Boundary and Title Disputes in Newington, Connecticut

You have quite a few options if you find that a planned or current use of your property violates Newington, Connecticut's zoning regulations.

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.

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 Newington, Connecticut'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 usually 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.

You also have substantial protections if a zoning law changes, and you find that the land you've been living on for years is suddenly in violation of the new law. In general, zoning laws cannot apply to structures and uses which were built or commenced before the law was changed. Under the U.S. Constitution, it's not permissible for state or local governments to pass laws which have retroactive effect. You should know, however, that any future changes you make to your property will have to comply with the new zoning law.

What Can A Newington, Connecticut Attorney Do?

If you are in the early stages of a major construction or remodeling project on your property, especially if it is in a residential area (where zoning laws tend to be most restrictive), you are likely to confront one zoning law issue or another. Of course, having read this article, you should now be aware that you have rights when it comes to contesting a zoning law as applied to you. While such contests do not always come out on the side of the landowner, the guidance of a knowledgeable Newington, Connecticut real estate attorney will greatly improve one's chances.

Talk to a Real Estate Law Attorney now!

Life in Newington

Newington is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut. Its population is currently estimated to be about 30,000 people.

Newington is well-known for its natural scenery, and is home to many parks, ponds, and streams, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is home to Mill Pond Falls, a waterfall with the distinctionof being the smallest natural waterfall in the U.S., being about 16 feet high.

Newington is bordered by Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, and one of its largest cities. Because state governments tend to employ a large number of people, in a wide variety of fields, Newington is a very good place to live for people who work in or around Hartford. It allows them to enjoy the trappings of a small town in a semi-rural setting, while still having easy access to the amenities and economic opportunity that a larger city provides.

The legal community of Newington, Connecticut is very competent and attentive to its clients. Newington, Connecticut lawyers, or lawyers who work nearby, can handle just about any legal problem that they might be faced with. If you need any type of legal help, you shouldn't hesitate to contact a Newington, Connecticut lawyer today.

Clients Rate LegalMatch Attorneys
(click to read reviews)

Nicholas M.
Nicholas M.

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Golden, CO

Carl M.
Carl M.

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Seattle, WA

David A.
David A.

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Walnut Creek, CA

Gotham Light