Whether you’ve got your eye on a piece of property or have already purchased a parcel of land, the next critical step to take before developing that property is securing the proper entitlements. This process can be lengthy, complicated, and at times, expensive. But it’s a vital part of the development phase because it helps determine what can and can’t be done with the property.
Entitlements are legal agreements with a municipality that allow certain conditions to exist for the desired development of property — in other words, it dictates what you can and cannot do with the development of that property. Entitlements, or combinations of them, are generally unique to whatever situation or type of development is desired, which makes it even more important to do the proper work necessary to obtain them. A developer should never just assume that they can build whatever they wish on their land.
While property zoning is one of the most important entitlements that developers can secure, there are many different classifications of entitlements. In addition to determining what building types can be erected on a site, entitlements also define the density, function, setback requirements and many other conditions allowed for the property.
Obtaining a professional survey is one component in the entitlements process. These surveys are included in reports prepared by other professionals such as engineers, land planners, environmentalists, geologists and others. Oftentimes, a sketch of the parcel in question and a legal description are also submitted. It’s a multi-step process that can be time-consuming, but necessary.
The experts at Morris Depew can discuss the entitlements and permitting process with you, as well as provide you with the surveys necessary to pursue the proper entitlements/permits and get your project off to a great, green-light start! Before you pick up a hammer and a nail, pick up the phone and contact us about how we can help.