Adding a Buffer Zone to Your Property
UPDATED: September 18, 2013
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Most commonly used by local governments and land developers, buffer zoning is a technique to create a neutral space between two different types of buildings or properties with an interest of minimizing disturbances between potentially incompatible land uses.
Creating Buffer Zones
Buffer zoning is an important part of any planned community to add enjoyment and eliminate potential problems between potentially incompatible properties. One common situation where buffer zoning is useful occurs when a large multiple-family apartment complex (designed to fit the needs of families with children) is built near a quieter condominium that is meant to house retired and elderly individuals. A buffer zone, such as a simple tract of undeveloped land with trees and shrubbery, can be used to separate the hustle and bustle of the family community from the relative peace of the retirement-oriented area. A buffer zone can be used to add enjoyment and value to a community, such as the land developer's use of parks and golf courses. The way a buffer zone is designed is often influenced by one or both of the properties located on either side of it, especially when the developer intends to generate revenue from the buffer zone. This usually means the space is used for recreation that will draw people from both sides.
If you are considering purchasing or developing land, a buffer zone may be a wise addition to your plans. If you decide to add a buffer zone, you will want to speak with an attorney about the proper zoning rules and ordinances.