Residential real estate developers have the exciting benefit of creating homes and neighborhoods for individuals and families. Homeownership is a desire of many in Michigan. It can provide security, freedom and a feeling of accomplishment. In addition to the advantage of offering these possibilities to households, real estate developers also have the heavy responsibility of ensuring their projects do not negatively affect the rights of others to enjoy or use their properties. This is why local governments have authority over the use of land in their regions.

Planning and zoning are the two pillars of land use authority. Most local and regional governments have master plans that establish a pattern of land use based on the needs and assets of the communities and other factors. A relatively new element of land use is placemaking, which works to attract businesses, making use of existing assets to create a more competitive community.

Perhaps the most commonly known aspect of land use is zoning. Through zoning ordinances, local and regional governments can regulate development and protect the rights and assets of property owners. Zoning can either restrict and segregate different types of land use, whether commercial, residential, agricultural or other, or it can control the increasingly popular mixed-use communities that combine residential and commercial development.

Understanding zoning and land use ordinances can be complex since each community may have its unique regulations. Residential real estate developers in Michigan often turn for help to a legal professional who is well familiar with land use laws. With a skilled attorney on their side, developers may find satisfying resolutions to their land use issues.