I spoke to someone just minutes ago who was looking to subdivide a 120-acre tract for sale to recreational users. He knows this type of user very well and believes that 5-acre lots are the ideal size for this buyer. Unfortunately, the zoning requires a 20-acre minimum lot size. His question for me was if there was any way to change the minimum lot size through a variance or something similar. Quickly, you can’t use a variance to deviate from minimum lot size requirements. So the only option would be to request a rezoning to a more intense zoning designation that allows for smaller minimum lot sizes. So the real question is if the property was a good candidate for a rezoning approval. In this case, likely not. And that has a lot to do with the zoning of the surrounding properties.
This reminded me that this is exactly the kind of information and material that is covered in the Rezoning for Profits course found on our website at the link below. Check out that page and take a look at the quick video below to learn more and be sure to reach out with any questions.
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