Re-zoning Issue.

I have difficult time with re-zoning a track of land (approx. 1 acre) from residential (R-4) to commercial. It sits on the corner of a busy intersection. All other corners are commercial. The City Council is against it, "saying in the Future Zoning Map it is residential"! I tried hiring an attorney, but he was not successful! Building houses in that location even in a good economy would not be a good business decision. What are my options? Thanks, Tony.

  • January 13 2011 - Marietta
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The prior answer by Jonathan Rainer had a good suggestion regarding finding a church to buy the property.  Since you have tried to have the property rezoned, with an attorney assisting you, and have failed, rezoning is not likely.  You could consult with your attorney to determine what you need to do to try a ballot issue,  to have it put to a vote of the residents.
  • January 14 2011
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I think churches are allowed on residential sections.  They work well on busy intersections like you describe...and they make good neighbors.  Most residents don't oppose even mega churches next to their existing neighborhoods.

I'm assuming that you own the land, or are trying to flip it for someone.  Either way, talk to some commercial Realtors in the area that have worked with churches.  It may take some time to sell it, but may be a good payoff.

You could also try talking with each  of the council members in a very polite and civil manner.  Try to understand their motives in keeping it residential.  It would work best if you can send them info on traffic counts and other bits of info that will emphasize your point that residential would not work well there.

And, depending on where it is, you might just be wrong.  All else fails, go the church route, or apartments.

Best of luck!
  • January 13 2011
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