Local governments attempt to create uniform neighborhoods and land uses in specific areas by controlling how a property owner can use their property. They typically provide distinct districts for residential, business and industrial uses. A zoning board makes decisions regarding variances, conditional use permits and other issues that may implicate a zoning or land use ordinance. Usually, the zoning board holds public hearings where the affected property owner can present their case, and the public can comment. Decisions from the zoning board can be appealed to a trial court.
Every local government has a different procedure in regulating zoning and land use decisions, and public hearings require detailed description and arguments for your case. Real estate attorneys are well versed with the procedures surrounding these types of cases, and can inform you of your options.