Ask any real estate developer or small business owner—or any homeowner who needs help from the local zoning hearing board—to describe the most consistently frustrating aspect about obtaining the needed permits for their project. Almost all will have something to say about land use matters and zoning law. (And most of what they’ll say wouldn’t be appropriate for publication here.)
In Southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks and Montgomery counties in particular), the process of developing property for any project, and then receiving all of the permits and approvals for that project, can often be fraught with unexpected obstacles and complications.
A nearby resident, for instance, might attempt to stop the project because the planned building blocks the view of the leafy street beyond. A small business owner hoping to open a cafe on that same leafy street might be surprised to learn that the neighborhood isn’t zoned for commercial use of any sort.