Land Use, Real Estate & Business Services
Andrew Hill is a Maine attorney offering Land Use, Real Estate, and Business services. Andrew utilizes technology and Coworking in his statewide practice to provide a convenient and low cost experience to clients throughout Maine. Can't make it to Yarmouth? Let's meet at your office, favorite coffee shop, or in one of Maine's great Coworking spaces. 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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If you live in Maine you know it is a state with massive amounts of undeveloped, forested, or otherwise wild space. Often this type of land has been held in a family for several generations. The property tax burden of sitting on open land can continue to grow as municipalities require more revenue. If the burden of continuing to hold undeveloped land gets excessive, landowners are encouraged to either develop the land or sell it to someone who will. Maine has a tax program that allows landowners to designate undeveloped land and receive a reduction in property taxes. While this program is not for everyone, it definitely can provide tax relief to people who wish to keep their land undeveloped.
If you are thinking of making a change to how you are using a piece of real estate, you need to ask yourself, “do I need a permit for this change?” Whether it’s building a home or accessory structure, converting a home to business use, or dividing a larger lot into multiple lots, you will likely need one or more permits from some governmental entity. The tricky question that you need to answer, which permits do you need?
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.