Dallas, TX asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Texas

Q: Can I build residential property on land near railroad tracks in Texas?

I was looking to buy a land property in texas but was told I could not build residential estate because said property was near railroad tracks. I cant seem to find any information in regards to this law and I would like more information.

Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Scott Williams
Matthew Scott Williams
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Missouri City, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: While it's true that you cannot build a residential dwelling on land not catagorized or "zoned" for residential development, you can petition the municipal / city permitting authority for re-categorization / re-zoning.

Our firm has helped several clients in the Houston area re-classify (Houston does not have "zoning") real property as commercial that was previously residential.

The Williams Law Firm


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