Zoning matters are often cumbersome and confusing and the fact that they affect your use and enjoyment of your property adds to the stress of going through the process. Clemons Richter & Reiss has a vast amount of experience handling zoning and land use law matters and we would welcome the opportunity to assist you in resolving your zoning matter. In order to help you get started, below we have provided explanations for commonly used zoning requests. If you would like to further discuss your zoning matter, please feel free to call our office at 215-348-1776 to schedule a free consultation.
A variance is request for an exception to the requirements or restrictions contained in a municipality’s zoning ordinance. Ordinarily, in order to show entitlement to a variance, an applicant must demonstrate all the following elements:
A special exception is a permitted use within a specified zoning district. However, a property owner must apply to a zoning hearing board to obtain approval and must establish certain criteria before the zoning hearing board to be entitled to a special exception.
A conditional use is similar to a special exception in that it is a permitted use within a zoning district. Instead of the zoning hearing board deciding the matter though, the governing body of the municipality makes the decision. As the name suggests, conditions are often attached to an approval of such a use.
Clemons Richter & Reiss welcomes the opportunity to represent you to achieve your desired result. We have over 40 years of combined experience handling zoning issues and have a record of success in achieving favorable results for our clients.
Please contact our firm at 215-348-1776 to schedule a free Zoning and Land Use Law consultation.
Scott A. MacNair is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. He began his legal career in 1998 with the Pennsylvania State Education Association where he specialized in labor and education law. In 1999, he obtained a judicial clerkship with a Court of Common Pleas Judge, the Honorable Linda K.M. Ludgate, in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In 2001, Scott obtained employment as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
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