ARE YOU IN THE ZONE? Zoning matters when it comes to buying vacant land. You know that old saying? If it looks too good to be true..... Well yeah it is! (too good to be true that is) Here are a couple of things to look out for that I get asked about a lot.
Recreational- typically if it looks to good to be true when it comes to vacant land, it's probably recreational. With attractive prices and possibly even waterfront these beauties will lure you to dream about building your own personal castle and spending leisurely days swimming in the river or fishing the hours away. BUT WAIT! If it is zoned recreational that is the only thing you can use it for swimming, fishing, hunting, camping...recreation! You cannot build a home on the property or even a cabin.
Multi family- let's say you, your brother Bob and uncle Henry want to buy a piece of land and each build your dream house on that 20 acre parcel. Should be doable right? NOPE, not necessarily. There are ways around it and I can help you navigate that process but if the property is zoned Ag 10 for example (for farming/agriculture) or even R5 but has a ton of wetlands then you most likely can only build one home on the property. Now an ADU or apartment structure could work but even that takes some planning with Planning and Development.
Wetlands- Yeah it's Washington. It's WET! There are a lot of properties that may boast huge acreage but too much of it is wetlands to subdivide. Not really a zoning issue and we will talk about that more in the future and since I mentioned it.... :)
If you would like to know how to build your own home on vacant land or maybe a home for you and brother Bob and uncle Henry :) give us a call we can help you get in the zone!