Zoning Compliance Services provides information to real estate investors, developers, attorneys, commercial realtors, appraisers, title insurance companies and others who need to know how local zoning laws will affect the property they wish to purchase.  We have over 25 years of experience in administering zoning regulations for townships, cities and villages so we know where to look, whom to ask and most importantly what to ask in gathering information about a potential property purchase.  

Documenting zoning requirements before the purchase can avoid time and expense in resolving an outstanding zoning violation or alert you to the need for a zoning variance in order to expand a building for a growing business.

Title insurance provides a purchaser with the security of a free and clear title verifying that others do not have a claim to the property, but what if you found that after you purchased the property it could not be used as intended due to local zoning restrictions?   What then?

Zoning Compliance Services provides you with proper and accurate zoning information prior to the purchase so your investment plans can be fully realized.  In addition, MainStreet Planning Company can assist in site layout and in presentations to Planning Commissions; after all, who better to communicate your project to Planning Commissions than professional planners?

Instances where Zoning Compliance may be critical:

  • Where the Master Plan in a community recommends the zoning for a property and that may or may not align with proposed development;
  • A non-conforming building or use often cannot be expanded without a variance;
  • A non-conforming building which is destroyed beyond 50% of its replacement value may not be permitted to be re-built in the same location;
  • Changing the use in an existing building could require submittal of a costly site plan to the Planning Commission – a 45 to 90 day review process - and the Commission could require physical improvements such as additional parking, closing an existing driveway or installing sidewalk across the lot frontage;
  • Altering an existing sign for a proposed use may not be permitted by a local sign ordinance;
  • Many communities do not permit a temporary sign to announce a new business or a grand opening;
  • A special assessment may be pending for a property which the new owner must pay at a future date;
  • Road or utility improvements planned nearby could affect the use of a property.