An estimated 20% of the population (89 million people) will be adults over 65 years old by the year 2050.
Nationwide, USA (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
An estimated 20% of the population (89 million people) will be adults over 65 years old by the year 2050. As the senior citizen population grows, more housing options catering towards this demographic will be needed, such as 55+ communities, independent living, retirement facilities, nursing care, and Alzheimer’s care.
To operate or construct any senior housing facility requires zoning approval. Zoning is an area of law, which dictates how the property can be constructed and used. Zoning is a complex and complicated area of the law, and has been slow to change. Zoning laws establish regulations and requirements controlling the location, construction, modification and use of structures and land within a city. Municipalities generally create zoning districts in order to effectively execute these particular laws. Zoning districts regulate what activities are permitted in different parts of the city.
Many existing land use ordinances do not mention the above-listed senior housing options. This may be due to the fact that the demand for senior housing has increased so dramatically in the last few years. Since zoning is slow to changing business and demographic conditions, it has not caught up.
Most municipalities have 3 zoning district - residential, commercial and manufacturing. A commercial real estate development company seeking to develop a site as a retirement facility within a residential district will have to convince the zoning board. The real estate firm may have to seek a zoning variance or a special use permit to allow the development of the retirement facility. This might be a long and complex process.
The Planning and Zoning Resource Corporation (PZR) provides zoning reports that identifies the specific information and zoning regulations for senior housing facilities. Zoning rules and regulations are dependent on the city and in some cases incorporate language to protect the maintenance of the culture and architecture of the city as it grows. As a result, zoning due diligence is essential before a site is developed.
PZR is the nation’s largest provider of zoning due diligence and analysis while being the sole provider and creator of the PZR Report. PZR provides its clients with zoning report formats that are supported by municipal documentations that produces reliable, independently confirmed statements that speaks to the compliance of property’s existing use, setbacks, height, density and parking. Their research includes specific zoning designation of the site as established by the current municipal code, uses allowed under the zoning designation established by the zoning ordinance, minimum setback requirements, building height and story requirements for compliance, minimum parking requirements and special circumstances that are in need on consideration. Additionally, PZR specializes in document acquisition for zoning and building code documents in all 50 states.
For additional information about the Planning and Zoning Resource Company please contact David Anderson at 1.800.344.2944.