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Andrew Hill is a Maine attorney offering Land Use, Real Estate, and Business services. Andrew utilizes technology in his statewide practice to provide a convenient and low cost experience to his clients. Whether you are just looking for a single consultation on how to structure your new business, simple deed preparation, or full representation before a municipal planning board, Andrew can provide the services you need at rates to fit any budget.
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So your family has been holding on to a small, vacant piece of real estate for decades. You never really got around to building anything on it and have decided now is the time to develop. Surprise, your lot is smaller than your town’s minimum lot size for single family homes. Further, even a small house would be in violation of the town's setback requirements. Are you completely out of luck and stuck with a useless piece of property? Not necessarily. Some lots will be eligible for variances, which will relax zoning requirements in some circumstances.
Land use is frequently a challenging and complicated area when new housing developments arise. New land uses often leave municipal and state regulators unsure of how to regulate. For example, some cities were initially unsure how to handle the rise of short term rentals through Air BNB, leading to new regulations. Alternatively, the growing number of people looking to operate food trucks has also led to regulatory adaptation. The tiny house movement is another such development that currently needs attention.
Some of my prior posts have references to trusts. However, I have yet to give a basic explanation of how they work. Hopefully, this post will give those without experience with trusts some basic knowledge. One key feature of a trust is the division of the benefits and burdens property ownership. For example, trusts are often used when children inherit large sums of money and someone thinks it's unwise to allow a 13 year old to immediately use the money as they deem fit.