One of the central concerns in commercial real estate law in Louisiana is zoning. In Baton Rouge, these regulations affect city, the parish and, of course, the individuals and companies that own the land.
If you are interested in changing the zoning of a parcel property, you could encounter resistance at certain stages. Not all proposed developments are popular among local communities, and these groups, sometimes represented by resourceful, organized home-owners associations, occasionally have the grounds to pursue legal claims against developers who attempt to change zoning in and around their areas.
Relatively recently, you may have heard of such a case concerning a parcel of land out near the intersection of Seigen and I-10. The Advocate, reporting on the issue, explains about the general zone-change process in Baton Rouge, along with its political, procedural and legal aspects.
While you may or may not encounter such well-organized resistance as the developers did in The Advocate’s article, it is not uncommon for certain types of rezoning to gain the attention of neighborhood groups. It is important to take this opposition seriously.
Even if you do get a favorable response from the planning commission and the council, efficiently handling any legal action could result and a better timeline for your project and a greater chance that you would be able to fully realize all of the plans you have made for your site.
For some developments, addressing the legal actions of HOAs and other neighborhood groups could be just as important as understanding zoning applications and civic procedure. However, your project is unique and serves an individualized assessment. Please do not use this as legal advice. It is only meant to be background information.