Cape Gazette

The Zoning Variance

By Bill Cullin | Jun 11, 2015

When you are selecting land on which to build your new home, be certain to investigate the zoning for that particular area. You might fall in love with rural acreage that just happens to be zoned for agricultural or recreational purposes. Since zoning uses are not interchangeable, you would need to apply for a variance in order to build a single-family residential dwelling on the land. This can be a challenging process! 

Getting approval to have the zoning changed on property requires that you first give public notice, and then request approval for a variance from the government agencies that supervise enforcement of the zoning plan. You might encounter resistance from neighbors or various local interest groups who oppose the zoning changes that would allow you to build your dream home. Your local planning department can tell you how a particular property is zoned and explain what you need to do to get a variance. Your real estate agent may be able to refer you to a local land use attorney who can guide you through the process.


To Learn More, Contact Bill Cullin Today.

Bill Cullin, REALTOR®

Your Real Estate Source at the Delaware Beaches


Direct: 302-841-7147

Office: 302-227-2541

Toll Free: 1-800-462-3224, ext. 117

Fax: 302-227-8165

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

37156 Rehoboth Avenue Ext, Suite 5

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Comments (1)
Posted by: S Peltz | Jun 11, 2015 22:33

Land may be zoned agricultural, as is most land in Sussex County, and does allow detached single-family dwellings on individual lots.

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