City’s and Counties use zoning ordinances to regulate and control land uses. The primary goal of zoning laws is to create desirable urban outcomes while preserving the character of a community.
Zoning ordinances not only regulate the specific use of your land, but also things like building height, building characteristics, landscaping and density or lot size.
City and county governments are responsible for making zoning decisions and implementing a comprehensive zoning plan.
Local zoning plans are usually enacted using some combination of the five major zoning classifications: (1) residential; (2) mixed residential and commercial; (3) commercial; (4) industrial; and special (i.e., power plants, sports complexes, airports etc.). Each of these categories usually have many sub-categories with their own restrictions.
An unfavorable zoning decision is more easily challenged when the proposed zoning is consistent with the municipality’s comprehensive plan.
In those situations where you need to obtain a rezoning in order to put your property to its highest and best use, we can help.
We have also worked with private property owners, businesses and neighborhood associations across Mississippi to successfully oppose rezoning petitions which will adversely impact their property values.
Zoning decisions by a city or county can significantly impact the value and use of your property. As a private property owner, you have the right to appeal any adverse zoning decision to circuit court — and if necessary to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
With any zoning appeal, the burden is on the landowner is is heavy. Therefore, it is important for you to make a full and complete record of all proceedings. When the stakes are high, it is also important to retain legal counsel at the beginning of the process.
Protecting Property Rights
We are committed to protecting the rights of private property owners throughout the State of Mississippi.
To discuss how we can assist you with your specific zoning or land use matter, contact us online or call our office locally at 601-957-3101.