Legal Representation for Development, Regulations & Property Disputes
Our experienced attorneys will help resolve disputes or take care of all the details involved in land use & zoning approval.
Land use and zoning laws vary from town to town, and even neighborhood to neighborhood. The legal team at Niebler Pyzyk has assisted developers, homeowners, and even local governments in settling land use and zoning disputes. Through decades of successful client representation, we’ve developed lasting relationships with local governments and developers, ensuring fast and easy dispute resolution.
Our attorneys also have experience negotiating and litigating condemnation cases in Wisconsin, as well as across the U.S. at the federal court level.Contact
Government Regulation & Approvals
If you need governmental approval to proceed with your planned use of a property, we will handle all of the legal details, including representing you in front of zoning boards, planning commissions, and other governing bodies.
From obtaining and closing a commercial loan to negotiating leases and analyzing environmental issues, our law firm will help you take the necessary steps in acquiring your desired development site.
Zoning & Land Use Litigation
We can help if you are involved in a zoning or land use violation or other ordinance enforcement proceeding involving a property you own or operate.
Our land use & zoning attorneys assist in establishing and dealing with subdivision restrictions, architectural review and other community association requirements and the disputes that can follow.
Property Development Lawyers
Niebler Pyzyk construction law attorneys also establish and deal with specific challenges involving real estate development and ownership, and are ready to assist in all aspects of condominium development, management and sale.
Conditional Use Permits in Wisconsin
What is a Conditional Use?
Simply put, a Conditional Use (sometimes called a Special Use) is a use that would not otherwise be permitted by right under the current zoning for the land in question. Municipalities determine zone permitted land uses by dividing the county or municipality into several, smaller districts. The lands within these districts are zoned according to the uses most appropriate for the land and its location.
The zoning assigned to each parcel of land within the district has a list of “by-right” uses, which entitle landowners to use their land in certain ways under protection of the law. There are also “conditional uses,” or uses that fall just outside of the municipality’s by-right list.
When do I apply for a Conditional Use?
To apply for a “conditional use” for your land, one must obtain permission from the local governing body (often a board or committee) for the conditional use sought. However, whether or not permission is granted depends on whether or not the zoning body considers your request “compatible” with the land you intend to use and the zoning that overlays it.
The zoning board can oppose and deny requests despite honest intention or reason, which can lead to frustration for many residents. The key to an approved request: Hiring a lawyer when requesting a Conditional Use.
Why should I get a lawyer when requesting a Conditional Use?
- Seemingly simple permit requests oftentimes deal with complex legislation.
- An attorney can assist in preparing an application for a conditional use.
- Lawyers understand the complexities associated with a conditional use and can converse and communicate favorably with zoning boards because they have the knowledge to effectively communicate on the same level with the board.
What is a zoning variance?
Whether you want to gain or fight a zoning variance, our experienced attorneys can help.
Municipalities determine zone permitted land uses by dividing the county or municipality into several, smaller districts. The lands within these districts are zoned according to the uses most appropriate for the land and its location.
The zoning assigned to each parcel of land within the district has a list of “by-right” uses, which entitle landowners to use their land in certain ways under protection of the law. A zoning variance seeks permission to deviate from the restrictions associated with the zoning that applies to the property in question.
Applying for a zoning variance
Each county and municipality differs in the criteria necessary to successfully achieve the variance requested. A request for a variance can often be complicated and frustrating. It is important to review and understand what criteria needs to be met before attempting to gain a variance for your property.
Why should I get a lawyer when requesting a zoning variance?
- Zoning variance approvals are sometimes politicized and contentious, and have the potential to be influenced by community politics, environment and even personal relationships.
- Vaguely-worded legislation provides room for zoning boards to give a decision based on their discretion, but also leaves space for lawyers to help them understand why the variance would be acceptable.
- Lawyers understand the complexities associated with a request for a variance and can converse and communicate favorably with zoning boards because they have the knowledge to effectively communicate on the same level with the board.
A lawyer can act as a mouthpiece for your request by utilizing expertise in zoning and municipal law.Contact
Property Easements Rights in Wisconsin
What is an easement?
An easement gives someone the right to use someone else’s land for a designated purpose. The extent of easement rights are situational, but all involve the use of someone else’s land.
Are there different kinds of easements?
There are multiples types of easements. But some of the most common ones deal with one or more of the following:
- Utility Easement: If someone lives near power lines, water lines or another type of community utility, a utility company or municipality could enter your land for access to the utility hub.
- Affirmative vs. Negative Easements: This kind of easement either allows or prohibits the use of another’s property for a specific purpose.
- Prescriptive Easement: If someone uses another’s land against the permission of the landowner for a period of years, an easement may be granted. In Wisconsin, the behavior must continue on an open and notorious basis for at least 20 years in order to potentially qualify as a prescriptive easement.
The value of a lawyer for easement requests/oppositions
Whether you oppose an easement or wish to request one, a lawyer can be instrumental in your success. Allowing a lawyer to assist an easement case has multiple benefits:
- The detailed knowledge lawyers posess greatly increase your chances of winning your appeal or opposition.
- Hiring a lawyer protects your interests should the appeal or opposition turn into a dispute.
- Easement laws are often convoluted. Navigating your case can be difficult and time-consuming without legal help.
Land Use Attorneys Serving Southeast Wisconsin
We'll help you navigate Wisconsin’s diverse land use and zoning laws. If you need to properly establish a mixed use zone, or the city is affecting your home or business, Niebler Pyzyk will help. Contact us online or call today to schedule a consultation.
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From our convenient location in Menomonee Falls we represent clients in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Mequon, Germantown, Brookfield, Wauwatosa, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc and the surrounding areas.