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Special Use Variances


Milwaukee Special Use Variance Lawyers

Attorneys Helping Apply for Variances From Zoning and Land Use Laws in Milwaukee

When it comes to real estate development and construction projects, adhering to zoning regulations is crucial. However, there are some cases where strict compliance may not be possible or practical due to unique circumstances. In certain situations, it may be necessary to obtain special use variances that allow for exceptions to zoning and land use laws. A special use variance allows property owners or developers to deviate from specific zoning requirements while still ensuring that their proposed project aligns with the overall goals and objectives of the community. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, our Milwaukee city hall lawyers understand how to address issues related to variances and Board of Zoning Appeals, and we can provide effective representation for property owners and real estate developers in these situations.

Understanding When Variances May Be Required

A special use variance may be required in various situations, including:

  • New construction: If a property owner or real estate developer plans to construct a new building or structure that does not conform to existing zoning regulations, such as setback requirements or height restrictions, a special use variance will likely be required.
  • Expansions or additions: A property owner may wish to expand an existing building or make additions to structures on their property. If these additions will extend beyond what is permitted by current zoning laws, they may need to obtain a special use variance.
  • Changes in land use: If a property owner wishes to change the primary purpose or function of their property, such as by converting a residential property into commercial space, securing a special use variance will typically be necessary.
  • Unique circumstances: In certain cases where exceptional circumstances exist that make strict adherence to zoning regulations impractical or burdensome, applying for a special use variance can provide flexibility while still maintaining compatibility with surrounding properties.

The Role of an Attorney in Obtaining Special Use Variances

Navigating the process of obtaining a special use variance can be complex and time-consuming. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, our experienced attorneys can provide invaluable assistance throughout the entire process. We can assist with:

  1. Evaluating eligibility: Our attorney will review project plans and assess whether the criteria for obtaining a special use variance have been met. We will consider factors such as community impact, public safety, and compatibility with neighboring properties.
  2. Preparing documentation: Our attorneys will assist in preparing all necessary documentation required for the application process. These documents may include blueprints or other plans, traffic impact studies, environmental assessments, or other forms of documentation that demonstrate eligibility for a special use variance.
  3. Negotiating with local authorities: Our attorneys have experience working with city officials, planning commissions, and other authorities who address issues related to zoning regulations. We can work to reach agreements while addressing any concerns raised by these entities.
  4. Filing appeals: If an application for a special use variance is denied, our attorneys can make sure the proper procedures are followed to appeal this decision, and we can advocate for solutions that will allow property owners or developers to proceed with their planned projects.

Contact Our Milwaukee Special Use Variance Application Attorneys

Working with an experienced zoning land use attorney is crucial when seeking special use variances. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, our knowledgeable lawyers understand the intricacies of zoning laws in Milwaukee, and we know what procedures will need to be followed when applying for permits and variances. We can present compelling arguments that demonstrate why granting a variance would benefit both you as the property owner and the surrounding community.

A successful application for a special use variance requires careful attention to detail, thorough research, persuasive communication skills, and knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures. With representation from an attorney who focuses on real estate law, you can take the correct steps to obtain approval for your project while minimizing delays or setbacks along the way. To set up a consultation with our attorneys, contact our office at 414-271-1440.

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