Milwaukee Land Use & Zoning Attorneys

Legal Representation for Development, Regulations & Property Disputes

Milwaukee Land Use & Zoning Lawyers

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.

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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. We also represent commercial clients in negotiating commercial leases and disputes.

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.


Real Estate Litigation Attorneys

Our attorneys help property owners resolve property disputes and achieve their objectives with a proactive approach to problem solving. We provide practical legal advice and cost-effective strategies to resolve disputes associated with real estate transactions, land disputes and property line disputes.

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?

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Zoning Variances

What is a zoning variance?

Milwaukee lawyers for fighting 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?

A lawyer can act as a mouthpiece for your request by utilizing expertise in zoning and municipal law.

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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:

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:

Property Disputes & Property Lines in Wisconsin

Wisconsin property lines lawyers

Our attorneys have in-depth understanding of Wisconsin property laws & can help resolve property line disputes.

A property dispute can be any type of legal dispute involving real estate.

Examples of property disputes our lawyers can advise on:

In some cases, especially with property or land disputes involving family or neighbors, dispute resolution in the form of mediation, arbitration or settlement negotiation can effectively resolve the issue while minimizing expense and disruption to your life.

Our real estate litigation attorneys have in-depth understanding of Wisconsin property law and can help you decide whether it makes sense to pursue a courtroom solution or seek an alternate resolution.

No matter what form of legal action you decide to take, our property dispute attorneys provide effective representation until we arrive at a successful outcome.

Wisconsin Adverse Possession Law

Adverse possession, sometimes known as “squatters’ rights” is when a person who does not own a legal title to the real estate attempts to claim legal ownership. Adverse possession claims are based on a history of occupying the property for a significant period of time without the legal owner’s permission.

Adverse possession is a very old doctrine, but adverse possession disputes still occur today. Adverse possession conflicts can arise in virtually any context involving real estate and can be very complicated.

Under Wisconsin law, adverse possession allows property ownership to be determined by possession rather than title, if certain criteria are met. In most cases, an adverse possession claim must prove uninterrupted adverse possession of the real estate in question for a minimum period of 20 years which could vary depending on the circumstances involved.

There are also several criteria that must be met, and exceptions for real property belonging to a municipality or other government body.

Our experienced property lawyers advise our clients on proving, defending or avoiding adverse possession disputes. The history of Wisconsin’s adverse possession laws, amendments, and newly created real estate statutes can make this type of claim very complicated. To protect your property rights and best interests, schedule a consultation with an attorney today.

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.

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