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Zoning Board rejects church's plan for veterans' boarding house

In our last post, we discussed the nature of a variance, a type of permit that allows a land owner to deviate from the literal terms of a zoning ordinance if the land owner can prove undue hardship. A recent decision of the Pottstown Zoning Board to deny an application for several variances demonstrates how the an application for a variance can engender a bitter real estate dispute.

How does a variance differ from a conditional use permit?

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code requires every municipality and county in Pennsylvania to adopt a comprehensive plan to guide real estate development and a zoning code to regulate the use of individual parcels of land. Interpreting a municipal zoning ordinance can be both confusing and frustrating. In this post, we will address a common question: what is the difference between a variance and a conditional use permit?

What is a mechanic's lien?

Many small business owners and homeowners in Philadelphia have had the nightmarish experience of receiving a written notice that a mechanic's lien has been filed against their property and may be sold if the lien is not satisfied. Occasionally, property owners will receive more than one such notice with respect to the same project. The recipients of such notices may then ask two questions: 1. What is a mechanic's lien? And 2. What do I do about it?

What you need to know about construction defects

Construction defects situations can be extremely troubling for families and, unfortunately for homeowners, may also be complex. Because of the understandable importance of a family home, it is equally important that homeowners are well informed in circumstances when construction defects threaten the safety and integrity of their home.

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