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Real estate developers sought zoning changes for cottages

Housing developments are nothing new in Michigan. However, residents in one township may be seeing something quite different as a new development grows. After obtaining a zoning ordinance amendment, real estate developers are ready to create a cottage housing village alongside an existing residential community. The zoning changes allow developers to provide some unique features for future homeowners.

Most neighborhoods have large, single family homes, each with front and back yards, separate driveways, and plenty of space between the houses. These allow ample room to raise a family and live comfortably as the children grow. However, not every homeowner needs that much space or desires the responsibility of caring for a large piece of property. This is what is making cottage housing more appealing across the country.

Cottage housing means building smaller homes, between 400 and 1200 square feet, around common areas, such as courtyards and gardens. Instead of individual driveways, residents share common parking areas, which keeps home prices lower. Zoning changes allow developers to fit more homes on smaller plots of land, but the amendment also requires a certain amount of land to be undeveloped for environmental conservation.

The developers of this property likely had to make concessions and fight for the changes they needed to create a neighborhood that is suitable for those who no longer need a large family home. Dealing with zoning issues can be complex and frustrating. Fortunately, many Michigan real estate developers rely on the skill of an experienced attorney to guide them through the complicated legal issues.