Under the Federal (and most state) constitutions, the government cannot “take” private property for public use without just compensation. Historically, this meant physically seizing or intruding upon all or part of your property and is often referred to as “eminent domain”. But takings are not necessarily physical. They can result from government regulations restricting the use of your property. It can be difficult to determine when the regulations go so far that they constitute a taking and require compensation.
Zoning law changes can have a significant impact on plans that owners may have for their property. If the zoning code is modified to prohibit a use that was previously permissible, the property may continue to be used in the same way if it is a prior non-conforming use. However, that may not help an … Read more