Does anyone have a hint for how to get quality zoning information easily? The on-line ordinances are ok but...

In General Area - Asked by Leigh B. - Nov 30, 2009
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Chris d.
Corporate Investor
Belmont, MI

Call the governing authorities first city, then county, then state if necessary. Ask them if you can do what you want to on the property or what you will need to do to be able to it.

Nov 30, 2009
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Edmir D.
Scottsdale, AZ

that is always the problem. I am an architect as well and unless you don't have close relationship with planners in the city, who will pick up the phone and get back to you, you just have to make trip in city hall and get all your answers.
if you have anything going on in Arizona, I can help you.
Edmir DZudza, AIA, NAR

Dec 1, 2009
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Gregory G.
San Francisco, CA

Call a city planner and leave a message. They usually call back within 24 hours.
Gregory Garver - Commercial Real Estate Broker
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Dec 3, 2009
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William H. W.
Bowie, MD

If the phone and the emails fail pack your lunch and visit the office you need to be at. Do it on a Monday morning when everbody is fresh from the weekend but will already be behind when they show up at work. Be persistant that Monday morning until you get someones attention. Work the front office staff or counter personel with friendly smiles, sodas, and give them the impression you will not leave until you at least get an appointment with the proper person for another time. Take plenty of work with you to keep you busy on other projects and extra batteries for your cell phone. Make sure your food is in a cooler, take your lap top too. Most Governmental building now have security screening at the front door and this drives everbody crazy, crazy enough to take you seriously.

Dec 4, 2009
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Mark W.
Property/Asset Manager
Rocky Nook, MA

You should check the city's or town's website. Some are posting them there.

Dec 14, 2009
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Susan M.
Dothan, AL

If you want to really understand the total planning and zoning process you might want to read The Citizen's Guide to Planning, by Herbert H. Smith. Once you understand the process you may better know who to ask whatever questions you may have. In Alabama you can become certified as a planning and zoning official. Having done that I have found the local officials very willing to share their time and information with me.

Jan 7, 2010
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