Conditional Land Use Permits in Louisiana
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SVHC provides aggressive and compassionate representation to clients in Louisiana. If you are seeking a conditional land use permit for your business, we can discuss your options and work with you every step of the way. Our firm has guided many clients to successful solutions. We can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions regarding your case. Conditional land use permits can be difficult to obtain, and our New Orleans construction litigation lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for quality legal services.
Obtaining Conditional Land Use Permits in New Orleans
The process for obtaining a conditional land use permit can be complicated. In New Orleans, the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) regulates zoning and land use for the entire city. If you are seeking a conditional use permit for your business, the CZO must decide that your business will not negatively impact the surrounding neighborhoods and adjacent properties.
Conditional use permits consider several factors, including:
- Size and height of the building
- Hours of operation
- Design of the building
- Commercial and public display signs
Before granting a conditional use permit, the City Planning Commission (CPC) will determine if your business meets required standards and zoning ordinances. Our New Orleans business attorneys can help you file an application and represent you in the City Planning Commission public hearing. The CPC requires you to submit 7 copies of the site plans to the Office of Conveyances, as well as 2 copies to the Department of Safety & Permits.
What to Do If Your Business Does Not Meet Zoning Standards
If your business fails to meet one or more zoning requirements, you may be able to apply for a variance. The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) will review your request and decide whether or not to grant a variance. Depending on your situation, the BZA may grant a special exception. You must prove that your business will not adversely affect any surrounding neighborhoods or adjacent properties.
The BZA has the power to grant variances regarding:
- Height and floor area ratio (except in the Central Business District)
- Off-street parking
- Loading spaces
- Open space around buildings
- Setbacks between buildings
However, the BZA cannot grant variances for off-street parking or site size to religious institutions if they exceed 30% of the standards. In addition, the BZA cannot grant variances that are specifically reserved by the City Council. If your business qualifies for a variance, you may be able to get a conditional land use permit without meeting exact zoning requirements.
Dedicated Representation for Your New Orleans Business
At SVHC, we pride ourselves on finding effective solutions to meet clients’ needs. Our New Orleans business attorneys can represent you throughout the process and uphold your interests as you seek a favorable outcome. With a commitment to providing diligent, responsive services, we can fight hard for your best interests.