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I am looking to purchase a property and it's zoned OA
Hello, I am looking to purchase a property and it's zoned OA or office/apartment. It's a 1900's Victorian in beautiful condition but I have a few questions. 1. What are my restrictions when zoned OA? ( Can I build rear exterior entrance stairs to a 2ndfloor apartment and/or build a garage on the property behind the home within my property line) 2. What about ordinances re: use of fire ring, hot tub, etc.? Thanks
OK Here is my plan 14 acre lot with some background:
OK Here is my plan for my 14 acre lot with some background:1. The 14 acre lot was all wooded and in the MA Forrest Chapter.2. I cleared .7 acres and installed a 60kW solar array3. The assessor required me to redo the forest plan.4. The Forester removed 1.5 acres from the Chapter.5. I now pay regular tax on the 1.5 acres and on the property value of the array. (Currently the power is net metered to a golf course management company that leases a town owned golf course but that can change at will)6. The plan is to: Convert all 14 acres to agricultural.7. Clear a total of 8.5 acres8. Build a barn for equipment, repair and perhaps some animals.9. Build a small expandable green house that would utilize some of the solar energy all year long)10. Build some employee housing. (Either attached to the barn or a separate structure) Perhaps 4 seasonal employees. Perhaps winter work as well to take care of the heated greenhouse if viable. Typically the seasonal employees I hire find second jobs as well. I'm not sure if that matters.11. Design a house as part of the plan but to be built and utilized as my primary residence in the future (Until home construction, the footprint would be part of the cultivated acreage.)My Question: Do you see any reasons that this plan would be disqualified from agricultural tax treatment? And if so, how would you suggest I modify it?
I live in a subdivision with on HOA. While there is nothing
I live in a subdivision with on HOA. While there is nothing at all in the rules that forbid solar energy specifically, there is one section that refers to needing approval of construction projects. This construction approval section is definitely geared towards building of homes themselves, as it refers to "dwelling" and very specific things that do not pertain to anything but building a dwelling. There is one sentence that could be used to say that anything requiring a permit to be pulled needs the HOA board's approval:"No building permit, septic permit or any other related permit may be applied for, and no Dwelling may be erected, placed, or altered on an Lot by an Owner, until the construction plans and specifications and the building contractor have been approved in writing by the board"However, I had been advised (from a local lawyer) that this applied to only "real construction", and that solar panel installation is not in violation of "no Dwelling may be erected, placed, or altered" as it is simply installing panels and not altering the structure (not cutting a new window opening, etc). I did get the proper permits and the panels are now installed.Unfortunately, after the panels were fully up I get a visit from a board member saying I violated this Construction Approval sentence; I disagree as the other two paragraph in this section refer only to constructing a Dwelling, rather specifically. Further it is possible that the only permit pulled was an Electrical permit which I thing will strengthen my view (I don't have a copy of the actual permit yet, as the town gave a verbal approval but the zoning officer is out on vacation!).I sent a very nice and respectful letter to each board member with photos showing the installation, explaining its virtues and how I do not feel the panels are visible to all but one neighbor (the panels are on a side of my home, one one small section of a 3rd floor roof and I live on a cul de sac). I did some but kissing too, explaining my understanding that the Construction Approvals section does not apply but that I would be more than happy to send a letter to each resident of the development explaining that I did unintentional bypass the board and that the board does want to approve solar panels prior to installation. I figure that hopefully will take care of any egos, but in my letter I was very careful to never give in that I think the board has the right to deny me installing solar panels.With all of that said, my town (Williams Township, PA) has zoning laws that say this:"C. Accessory Uses Permitted by Right in All Districts. The following accessory uses are permitted in all Districts, within the requirements of this Section 1403 and this Ordinance:...14. Solar Energy System"There is no further restriction placed on solar energy system, other than the general ordinances that say things like no pole mounted anything in a front yard, etc, etc. So it is my understanding that this part of the town's zoning laws is basically a "solar access" law and that the HOA board cannot block a township law that clearly give the right to install solar panels.So my question overall is: What's your quick take on what I've laid out above overall?And my specific question is: Do you feel the township law granting the specific right to install solar energy systems blocks the HOA from forbidding my already installed solar panels?Of course I understand that any answer from you will be based upon the situation as I presented it, which I believe to be entirely accurate but I will grant can and should be treated as my opinion only.Thanks!
I purchased some solar and energy products for my home 4 yearsView more real estate law questions
I purchased some solar and energy products for my home 4 years ago and to help save money on my electric bill. We are having issues with these products they do not work they have not saved me any money at all. The warrantee states they will refund purchase price if they don't help. I have made numerous attempts to contact this company all phones are disconnected ive call the salesman personal cell and he will not return my calls. What actions do I need to take