Zoning Laws Are Changing
Land use and zoning laws govern the regulation of the use and development of real estate. These zoning laws are continuously updated and reflect the changing business and lifestyles of the world today. Rapid technology, innovation and advancement is evolving along with the way business is done, the way people live and includes changes within our municipalities and surroundings. Zoning and land use laws will always change according.
Technology is having a profound impact on the world we live in and the ways in which people live and do business. Mobile revolution is going on right now as more persons are dependent on powerful smartphones for everything such as news, business and personal calls, emails, search, entertainment, directions, maps, games, decision making, work and more. Mobile and cloud computing are changing the way business is done and the way people live.
An array of new industries and businesses have been created as a result of these technology advancements, which did not exist 10 years ago. To support these industries and businesses, zoning laws need to adapt. Let us take a look at data centers.
Data centers (or Server Farms) are the backbone of the digital economy - Internet, Google Search, Facebook, Mobile Computing, etc and more. According to Wikipedia "A data center (or data centre or datacentre or datacenter) is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices."
Local authorities and municipalities need to review and revise their zoning laws to factor in and support these new age businesses, which have become vital in our lives. By having zoning laws in place which reflect new industries the municipalities can attract these businesses to their regions and provide good living and working opportunities for their citizens.
Here is an excerpt from networking giant Cisco's website "The first step when evaluating an undeveloped property's suitability as a Data Center site is a determination of how the property is zoned. Zoning controls whether a server environment is allowed to be built there at all. Zoning is done in a majority of countries and reflects how the local government expects a parcel of land to be used. Some classifications prohibit a Data Center. "
Not all companies have the resources like Cisco to train their personal on zoning laws. Most big businesses rely on us to help them with their zoning due diligence before the fact. If a property you are interested in isn't zoned to allow what you want to do - You can ask local government officials to rezone the parcel for a different type of use. Most of the times this is a time consuming process. However, as long as the project doesn't have a negative impact on the surrounding area,chances are it is likely to be approved. For example in 2007 Old Bridge, New Jersey approved a zoning change that allowed developers to build a huge data center campus that could eventually include up to 1.4 million square feet of data center space.
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