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Zoning Planning & Land Use Law in New Jersey

In Bayonne, New Jersey, there are laws which determine what can and can't be done on given parcels of land. These laws get pretty involved sometimes, and aren't always very accessible to laypersons. This article should serve as a good overview of these laws.

"Zoning" is the process by which a local government makes laws determining how individual pieces of land within its jurisdiction can be used. Usually, towns or cities are segmented off into "zones," each one being designated for a specific type of use. Examples of common zoning categories are single family residence, commercial, multi-unit housing, or industrial.

Local governments have many 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 generally 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 Bayonne, New Jersey

If something on your property is in violation of a Bayonne, New Jersey zoning law, the landowner has several options.

The most obvious solution is to correct the problem, so your property is no longer in violation of local zoning laws. If the violation is minor, and correcting it would not be very costly, this is likely 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 Bayonne, New Jersey'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.

Also, if the zoning laws covering your property have changed, and some aspect of it is now violating the new rules, these changes can generally not be enforced against you, because it would be unfair to apply a new law retroactively.

What Can A Bayonne, New Jersey 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 Bayonne, New Jersey real estate attorney to help.

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Life in Bayonne

Bayonne is located in Hudson County, New Jersey, just south of Jersey City. It derives its name from Bayonne, France. A main attraction in the city is the Bayonne Bridge, which connects it to Staten Island, New York. Red, white, and blue lights illuminate the bridge in the evening, as a 9/11 memorial.

The city was initially founded as a township in 1861 and officially incorporated in 1869. Bayonne currently has a population of about 57,000. Notable residents of Bayonne have included actress Sandra Dee and basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.

Popular outdoors destinations in the city include Constable Hook, Bergen Point, and the Hackensack RiverWalk. Bayonne is home to several places on the list of National Registered Historic Places and Museums. Such places include Robbins Reef Light, Bayonne Truck House No.1, and Bayonne Trust Company.

The city of Bayonne is located near Newark Airport and the Newark Turnpike. It is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. The Bayonne Board of Education provides public education schools for city residents. Bayonne High School has an on-campus ice rink facility for its hockey team.

Bayonne has been called "The Peninsula of Industry" by its locals. Recently it has been earning a reputation as "The Peninsula of Business and Technology". Traditional industries in Bayonne are being upgraded with new technologies and facilities, especially in the service sector.

Bayonne lawyers typically file their cases at the Bayonne Municipal Court. Appeals may be processed with the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Many lawyers in Bayonne, New Jersey are members of other Bar Associations in addition to the New Jersey Bar Association.

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