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SUING CITY (by TERRY [FL]) Apr 14, 2019 6:27 AM
       SUING CITY (by NE [PA]) Apr 14, 2019 6:28 AM
       SUING CITY (by Ed [PA]) Apr 14, 2019 7:14 AM
       SUING CITY (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Apr 14, 2019 7:15 AM
       SUING CITY (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 14, 2019 8:05 AM
       SUING CITY (by Lana [IN]) Apr 14, 2019 12:28 PM
       SUING CITY (by Deanna [TX]) Apr 14, 2019 12:59 PM

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SUING CITY (by TERRY [FL]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 6:27 AM

State Specific Question About: FLORIDA (FL)

Can a lawsuit be brought against a city if the code enforcement department does not enforce the zoning regulations?

SUING CITY (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 6:28 AM

Choose your battles wisely.

SUING CITY (by Ed [PA]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 7:14 AM

Yes. It has happened to my borough a number of times. Be prepared for a long costly battle where the lawyers are the only ones that come out ahead.

SUING CITY (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 7:15 AM

Terry (FL)

Sure you can.

However, I like NEís (PA) answer.

So you sue them and you win. Where you going to move to. You may not be very happy where you are right now.

Have you STUDIED your city ordinances and do you know them.

It amazes me when a council member says (and the other council members go along with the first one), well I THINK our ordinance says so and so. Just who in the the H--- says you are supposed to THINK. You should KNOW.

If you do this. Check and see if they also violated your 4th and 14th constitutional rights.

Also, you should have started your evidence trail. If this has been going on for a while you should have maybe 3 or 4 hundred pictures of other things in the community that the zoning and city has not enforced OR has selectively tried to enforce.

You should also have a map of your town. Laminate it. Cut off the hand of anyone who tries to mark on your map. Make grid squares so you can identify locations. On the back of your pictures print the location of where the picture was taken ( N-3, or B-2 and so on) and the date. Place a colored sticky on the map where the ordinance violation has occurred. Write on your sticky the picture code so you can cross reference between the map and picture. Soon you will have a map with many, many colored dots (stick onís). Get minutes of council meetings. Keep articles of newspapers printed where council has said or done such and such.

I could go on but this should get you started.

Have FUN.

Don't ask me how it is that I have an idea of what to do.

SUING CITY (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 8:05 AM

My town is building a town center on a superfund site and dust is flying all over. No one can control those folks when they start to do something. And they are also knocking down homes to enlarge an airport approach that is not used very much except by private jets. I would forget about that zoning problem. The city fathers are holding all the cards.

SUING CITY (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 12:28 PM

Cities tend to have long memories. I sued my town and won over not having my farm annexed. The town map has a big chunk out of its northeast boundary corresponding to my farm now. It ain't going to be fun when they finally snare me I would also say pick your battles carefully. Can you sue someone else instead? If a neighbor ignores code and thereby decreases your property value, sue them.

SUING CITY (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 12:59 PM

What kind of zoning regulation are you talking about? Are you talking about a mobile home in an R-1 neighborhood? Are you talking about someone running a rooming house in an R-1 neighborhood? Are you talking about someone whose structures don't have the proper setbacks from fences or roads? Someone's building an eightplex in an R-2 neighborhood? Someone's running a candy factory in an R-1 house?

Not enforcing code enforcement properly is one thing. Not enforcing zoning regulations--- they're usually pretty strict about that.

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