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Serving Clients From Southeastern Wisconsin To Northeastern Illinois

Land Use & Development | Lawyers in Walworth County, Wisconsin

Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois provide a unique blend of urban, residential, rural, lake, farm, recreational, business and commercial land uses. When a developer wants to convert existing property, or turn vacant land into a golf course, a new business, a housing development, or any one of a myriad of other uses, a specific process must be followed.

The attorneys at Sweet & Maier, S.C., are experienced in land development, planning, land use and zoning regulations and restrictions, and we have served our clients in these matters for over 50 years. Our attorneys have been consistently recognized by U.S. News - Best Lawyers for our work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

For a consultation to discuss your land use and development concerns, contact us online or call our offices in Walworth County, Wisconsin, at 262-723-5480. We serve clients in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Former Municipal Lawyers Working For You

Property owners often have vacant land they want to develop, but require "city services" to do so. In order to proceed, the owner/developer must apply for the property's annexation to the neighboring city, village or sanitary district.

Our lawyers are former City, Village, and Town Attorneys and are very familiar with municipal laws governing the annexation, platting and development of property. We represent clients dealing with municipal and governmental attempts to regulate lake rights through pier head ordinances, lot line setback regulations, boat slip and pier permitting requirements. Municipal zoning, rezones, variances and conditional use permit rules and decisions also affect the right to fully use and develop property.

Legal Guidance for Residential and Commercial Zoning

Whether you want your property to have residential zoning or commercial zoning, our firm can help you by working with the local municipality to follow any applicable regulations to get the property appropriately rezoned. We will also review the property for easements and check for covenants or other subdivision restrictions that might prohibit your type of project.

Helping You Obtain Financing

Once we are certain that your development will comply with all applicable zoning and land use requirements, we work with you in your efforts to obtain financing for your project. We can evaluate your project and determine whether standard mortgage financing, construction financing or special financing will work best for your development. We are also skilled in working with tax increment financing (TIF) and other special financing districts, which may be suitable to assist in furnishing municipal services to your project

Complexities of Land Use and Zoning

The right to own or use real property is conferred in a variety of ways, including fee title ownership, lease and rent agreements, condominium ownership, riparian rights, easements, life estates, trusts, remainder interests, joint tenancies, tenancies in common, cooperatives and time shares.

Our clients include owners and developers of hotels and resorts, golf courses, shopping centers, retailer stores, office buildings, condominium associations, residential subdivision developers, industrial and commercial businesses, lakefront property owners and individual property owners. When you want to understand the "basics" of land use regulation, you need a lawyer with both practical experience and substantial knowledge in that field of law. Our attorneys certainly meet those requirements, have municipal backgrounds, and can help facilitate your project as efficiently and economically as possible.

Contact Sweet & Maier, S.C.

Contact our zoning lawyers at 262-723-5480 for a consultation regarding your Wisconsin or Illinois development project today.

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Elkhorn, WI 53121

Phone: 262-723-5480
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