The old adage that “time is money” is particularly true when undertaking the permitting process for new development. Developers who are moving from low-density residential to multifamily or mixed-use may not be familiar with the processes for site plan approval or the granting of a special permit, and may not have the appropriate team in place at the beginning of the project. The lack of a coordinated team may delay the process, subject the developer to additional costs, and threaten the success of the project.
The precise composition of the team will depend on the complexity of the project, and the local process for the type of development under consideration. Complex projects – not necessarily large ones – may include a land use planner, architect, engineer and landscape architect to examine site conditions, a lawyer or land use planner to assess the regulatory environment and permitting process, and a financial expert to help evaluate feasibility. Specialists, including traffic, environmental and … Read More