Our enabling legislation states that we must notify property owners within a certain number of feet from a proposed development. In the worst case scenario an absentee landlord gets the notice and the elderly tenant who's been in the neighborhood for 50 years doesn't know about the proposed strip mall next door.
Are most states/countries like this? Do other states require that the notice goes to abutting property owners AND the residents of these properties if they are different? I suppose the opposite worst case scenario is that the city has to notify tons of different residents in large apt. buildings.