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Zoning & Land Use Planning

The firm’s zoning and land use regulation attorneys advise clients in all aspects of the real estate development process. The firm regularly represents parties before:

  • Memphis City Council
  • Shelby County Commission
  • Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board
  • Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development
  • the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment
  • Other bodies within TN.

Because the firm also advises municipalities on issues of zoning and land use planning, its attorneys have unique insights into how government actors address these matters. Members of the firm have extensive experience in seeking and obtaining regulatory and zoning approval for commercial and residential real estate developments, parties seeking zoning variances and approvals, lenders, developers of wireless telecommunications towers, and parties involved in condemnation proceedings.


What Is Zoning and Land Use Planning?

When we discuss zoning and land use planning in legal terms, we’re referring to all zoning and lands within cities and counties.  As state and federal parties don’t typically get involved with land use regulations it is left to individual cities, counties, and municipalities to zone and designate land accordingly.  Common designations for land use and zoning include:

  • Residential (Homes)
  • Agricultural (Farm Land)
  • Industrial (Factories and industrial complexes)
  • Commercial (Businesses)

These regulations also determine how closely land and properties may be in proximity to one another, height, and other factors.  City and local governments determine these regulations to best suit their community’s needs.

Choose Burch, Porter, & Johnson

If you’re an organization or governing body interested in learning more about zone planning and land use, BPJ has been assisting clients with these issues since 1904.  Our experienced attorneys will be your partners and guide you through the process, step by step.  Reach out today to learn how we can help.

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