Connecticut landowners, like landowners everywhere, believe that they should be able to do what they wish with their own property. Unfortunately, there are limitations. Lawmakers have passed land use laws and regulations that govern what is and is not allowed in terms of land development in certain areas. It is not uncommon for landowners to find their plans in direct conflict with state or federal laws.

Undeveloped land, big problems: How do I know what limitations are present?

If you own undeveloped land — such as wetlands or forested areas — you may have big dreams for its future. However, it is important to understand the limitations that can come with development. Some examples include:

  • Municipal permitting. Landowners may need to receive permits from their local municipal agencies to move forward with development. If, for example, you own property on wetlands, you must generally submit a description of your proposed plans to the town wetland agency.
  • State and federal permitting. Landowners may also need to receive permits from state and/or federal agencies as well. This may be true even after a municipal permit is received. One example is a Commissioner of Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Permit.

A thorough land use analysis provides in-depth information regarding certain approvals, grades or needed waste management. Obtaining this type of information upfront will provide needed foresight for the project regardless if it is for business or personal use.

The path to an answer: What is the right professional to help with my land development issue?

The laws surrounding real estate and land use are complicated. In some cases, finding a way to navigate this niche area of the legal world can have a profound effect on the value of the land. Working under the careful guidance of a land use and development attorney can help better ensure an approach that takes into account land use issues in Connecticut that may affect your property.