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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Lots of problems with this and the all lead back to various forms of GOVERNMENT!

We really need to limit this control whenever possible.

May 30, 2016 02:22 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the greatest problem for any real estate agent who is deeply involved with land, zoning and planning is when the town leaders attempt to "stop growth".... when zoning regulations become more stict and lot sized increase significantly to control growth and the number of lots to be subdivided within a tract....

oh, I could write for days on this topic.....but for every rule, there's a legitimate way to skirt it, and I know all of them... 

May 30, 2016 01:37 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Bob Crane and Barbara Todaro have already provided excellent answers, mine would have been along the same vein.

May 30, 2016 12:00 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bribing the head of your local zoning board.  Some of them won't take your money!

May 30, 2016 01:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

The lack of common sense within government agencies is a big problem.  The problems encountered will depend on which side of the zoning and planning fence you are on.  Developers are usually at odds with those trying to control growth. 

May 30, 2016 10:29 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Bob Crane beat me to it.   You are dealing withd Governments bureaucrats who justify their existence by harassing you, and charging you exorbitant taxes (they call them "fees").


May 30, 2016 10:17 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

What Lisa Von Domek said...

May 30, 2016 10:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Poor planning.

May 30, 2016 10:15 PM
Robert Havana
Park and Protect- Alberta Real Estate License Parking - Calgary, AB
Alberta Real Estate License Parking

hey minnette, feel free to fill in your profile more including a pic and you will find more members want to interact with you

May 30, 2016 01:40 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

it is that you do not control any of this.

May 30, 2016 12:27 PM
Grace Hanamoto
Intero Real Estate - Sunnyvale, CA
Quality, Knowledge, Professionalism, Experience

Typically, despite what any owner will think, the owner is never in "control" of the land or its use.  All land is subject to a "master plan" or "general plan" created by the City/Government and intended to control use and resources within a community.  Thus, try as you might, you will never easily or cheaply be able to get the City to "bend" to your will no matter how seemingly simple a decision it is to make.  If a property is zoned for residential, high density, changing it will be hugely expensive and there is no guarantee such decisions will "stick" when they leave committee and go to council.  So be prepared to  hold your breath. 

As for other issues, legislation, the NIMBY (not in my back yard) mentality, along with general environmental issues all combine to make building both a lengthy and expensive issue.  Renovation is far easier, which is why so many buy older buildings and renovate them extensively as opposed to buying raw land and building.  Depending on where you live, the process of getting a building plan approved and Use Permit issued can take  months to years to obtain.

Good luck to you! 

May 30, 2016 10:45 AM
Toronto, ON

A very interesting question where the answer may vary by jurisdiction.  I have not read studies on this type of matter.

May 30, 2016 06:39 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't typically control any land.

May 30, 2016 04:47 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Just check your local news. Lawsuits, hearings or zoning in your municipality.

May 30, 2016 04:15 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Minnette Olsen There aren't any problems as long as sellers and buyers abide by the plans such as the Master Plan or Comprehensive Plan for the locality.

May 30, 2016 01:36 AM