Land Use & Zoning

Franks Gerkin McKenna works with the federal, state, and local government to regulate the growth and development of land. However, land use and zoning laws deal with the actions of private developers and individuals and how they abide by those regulations. Three typical situations that cause people to end up in court in this area of law include the following:

  • Suits brought by one neighbor against another
  • Suits by a public official against a neighboring landowner on behalf of the public
  • Suits about individuals who share ownership of a piece of land

Our job is to reinforce public regulation and abide by the National Prehistoric Preservation Act along with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Zoning laws also regulate building height, lot coverage, and the purpose of the land. Franks Gerkin McKenna works with both defendants and plaintiffs regarding misuse or abuse of land, unauthorized inhabitance of land or a building on the land, disputes over who owns what part of a property, growing illegal and invasive species plants, hunting on private land without permission, altering the landscape or buildings on an area of land without permission, unauthorized sale of an area of land without owner’s knowledge, and more. These laws also handle damage to land and buildings, accidental or intentional.

We strive to listen to both sides of the story and come up with a solution that has the least serious consequences for everyone involved. We work to ensure the land is restored, used effectively, and that the purpose, condition, and activities done on the land or inside the buildings do not harm the environment, animals, or people nearby physically, emotionally, or financially. There are many regulations and laws that are involved in the sale, purchase, upkeep, and modification of land and buildings on that land, and it can be confusing to a person who doesn’t work in that industry.

Franks Gerkin McKenna will clear up any misunderstandings, educate you on the laws relevant to your situation, and determine the best course of action to resolve any legal issues involving land use and zoning. Call our Marengo, Illinois office today.