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Why can't I build my business in a residential part of town?

Readers of this Florida business blog may notice that similar types of establishments are built together in certain locations throughout their communities. Homes tend to be built near other homes, stores and retail outlets near shops of similar stature, and industrial and agricultural facilities together in their own parts of town. This organization of similar structures is due in large part to local rules that govern zoning.

Zoning is municipal scheme that establishes where certain enterprises may be located in a community. It helps keep neighborhoods free from retail traffic and parking problems and keeps dangerous manufacturing plants out of retail centers. Zoning is based on the needs of the community to support the residential and commercial communities that operate therein.

When a person wishes to start a new business and begins to look for real estate on which to situate their new enterprise they may discover that zoning rules will limit the uses their intended tracts may support. A person may not be able to secure the proper permit to open a certain type of shop or retail space in a location zone for residential or industrial purposes; without an exception to the zoning rules the person may have to find a new place in which to pursue their business plans.

Florida residents with business, real estate and zoning concerns may want to consider consulting with attorneys who work in their communities. Lawyers who provide these important services may be able to guide their clients through the difficulties of zoning and help them establish strong foundations on which they may grow their new businesses.

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