Let's consider the example of developing a new residential building in a city:
1. Pre-Application Meeting: The applicant usually starts by meeting with city planners to discuss the project, understand the potential issues and get initial feedback.
2. Zoning Verification: The property's zoning designation is checked to ensure that the proposed use (in this case, a residential building) is allowed. If not, a rezoning or variance may need to be requested.
3. Site Plan Review: The detailed site plan, which includes building placement, parking, landscaping, and other features, is submitted for review. The city planners check it for compliance with the local development regulations.
4. Environmental Review: Depending on the location and scale of the project, an environmental review might be required. This can involve assessing the project's potential impacts on things like traffic, noise, air quality, and local ecosystems.
5. Public Hearing: For some projects, a public hearing may be required, especially if the project needs a rezoning, variance, or conditional/special use permit. This gives the community a chance to provide input on the project.
6. Permit Application: Once all the necessary approvals are secured, the detailed construction drawings are submitted to the building department for a permit.
7. Permit Issuance: If the building department approves the drawings, a building permit is issued, and construction can begin.
It can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it's a critical step in ensuring that the project is legally compliant and suitable for the community. Retaining experts in this field such as our team is a great way to make sure it's done right the first time.