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Real estate zoning issues at forefront in cities of all sizes

In many cities big and small, such as New York City and Allentown, real estate zoning issues come up time and time again. Even though it makes sense that zoning regulations would be set in stone, for the most part, this is not always the case. In some situations, zoning issues impact commercial development. In other instances, it is residents of a particular city or community who are affected.

If you live in New York City, you cannot expect to always receive first hand advice and information regarding potential zoning issues. However, smaller cities, such as Allentown, Pennsylvania, do their best to stop problems before they begin.

North Whitehall Township is set to put on an informational workshop geared at helping residents better understand zoning rules and construction regulations in the local area. This is something that could go a long way in putting an end to a variety of issues.

Heading up the workshop is the township's manager and zoning officer. He plans on beginning the sessions with general information on zoning, and then opening the floor for a question and answer period.

Some of the most common questions posed by residents include: How do I go about constructing a fence on my property? What size garage am I permitted to build? What is a setback?

There is no denying the fact that zoning issues in small communities are easier to deal with than those in large cities, such as the Big Apple. However, workshops like these can really help people better understand what they are and are not allowed to do.

Regardless of where you work and live, it is important to become familiar with local zoning rules. This will ensure that you know your rights, and are in position to make the appropriate decisions.

Source: The Morning Call, "North Whitehall to host informational workshop on zoning rules, other issues" No author given, Oct. 22, 2013

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