We've written before about the ways certain land use changes within a neighborhood can nuisance homeowners. There, we discussed the importance of the homeowner's right to have a say in what goes on in his or her neighborhood. Unfortunately, the city is not going to prohibit every change that creates a nuisance, but certain avenues do exist for appealing City decisions.
When new neighbors move in next door there is always the potential for unsightly construction arising without warning. Anyone who's neighbor just installed a giant satellite dish knows what I'm talking about. We can usually live with a new fence or bird-bath going in next door, but when neighboring property is sold to construct a shopping complex, we tend to be a lot less understanding.