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Helpful information when dealing with land use disputes

When you buy a piece of property in Texas, you probably have specific intentions for how you want to use it. Whether it's a home for your family, building for your business or land for future development, you want to know if you will be able to follow through with the plans you have in mind. There are certain things, however, that can stand between you and those goals. 

Certain laws determine how owners and developers can use specific types of property. Zoning laws and land use laws can be difficult to understand, and sometimes, authorities can improperly apply them. You may find yourself in a dispute over how you can use your own property, and there are certain things you will find helpful as you fight back and pursue a beneficial outcome to your case.

What do you need to know about land use? 

Zoning classifications are in place to keep certain types of structures in a central area. By controlling how land is developed, a local government can preserve residential areas and prevent certain types of development from happening in the wrong place. However, there are times when the designated zoning classification is unreasonable, or you may be able to request a change. Zoning laws also affect things like the types of structures allowed, parking and more.

An easement is a non-owner's interest in someone else's property. If you buy property that has an easement, it essentially means that another party has certain rights to your land. That may mean using it as access to other property, the right to place utilities there and more. If there is an easement, you will find it beneficial to learn more about what that entails and what it means for you as the owner.

Fight back again unfair actions

There are times when the government or the local municipality may take property for the benefit of the community, such as adding sidewalks or expanding roads. This is eminent domain, and property owners can fight for fair compensation for any property they lost.

It can help to discuss your goals with an experienced real estate attorney who can help you understand your rights and help you pursue a reasonable outcome to your situation. Whether you are disputing the zoning classification or you just learned that the government wants to take your property, you have the right to fight for your interests at every step.

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