What is a Land Entitlement? Part 2 of 2

Posted by admin on April 18, 2013

In Part 1 of our look at what constitutes a land entitlement, we examined common examples of land entitlements and the need for a professional development team. Here, we will discuss the regulatory process that accompanies buying property and acquiring a land entitlement for it.

The Regulatory Process:

Public approval hearings are sometimes necessary to obtain a land entitlement. In more complicated instances of acreage sales, the land’s commercial development must be reviewed and approved by the local Development Review Board or Planning Department Review Division.

  • First, you must obtain site approval from the local Planning and Development Department. Your expert team should contact the department’s Review Division and complete a land use pre-application that complies with the jurisdiction’s codes associated with developing and buying property. Carefully complying with codes eliminates additional requests, further review and extension, and general delays in the approval process.
  • Next, a meeting date will be set. You and/or your representatives will speak with the Planning Department about the intended project and the review process. This includes acre-by-acre approval of your site plan, elevations, colors, landscaping, vicinity map, and so on. Environmental information must also be submitted, and there is typically a fee that accompanies the application.
  • If your site plan is denied, you are allowed to appeal to the City Council. This process varies by jurisdiction.
  • Once your site is approved, you must obtain design approval and master use permits. During the design approval process, your architect will map out the building’s shell, core layout, exterior facade, height, site plan, every acre of landscaping plans, impact of traffic, site access, and utility outlines and submit them for approval.
  • A neighborhood hearing will likely be required. Either you or the city will send notices to neighbors, and signs should be placed on your property alerting the public to an open house. Your development team can advise and assist you during the meeting, increasing your likelihood of gaining neighborhood approval. However, there is always a chance the neighborhood has their own agenda and that you won’t be regarded favorably. Here, your attorneys and other team experts are crucial to your project’s survival.
  • Acreage sales containing wetlands require special approval: you will need documentation stating whether the Wetland Act applies. It can be simpler to donate the wetlands area of your property to avoid development issues, but your team can ultimately help you decide once they have assessed the risks.

Acquiring a land entitlement is a complex and often drawn-out procedure that requires patience, research, and a stealthy team. At AllAcres.com, we understand that when it comes to achieving your land-use goals, buying property is just the beginning- and AllAcres.com is a great place to start. We’re a trusted online source for acres of land for sale and affordable land in your area, and we list a variety of commercial and residential properties to suit your development needs. To find out how we can help, call 855-227-3741 or contact us online.