Whether you are planning to build a home, an apartment complex, or a shopping center on your newly purchased land, you may have to go through a land entitlement process. By definition, land entitlements are legal requirements between you and the concerned municipal authorities that allow you to develop certain types of buildings. In other words, it is the legal process of getting approvals for your construction and development plans.
Examples of Entitlements
Land entitlements come in varying forms, including:
- Rezoning: if the area you plan to develop isn’t zoned for your intended purpose, you may be required to go through a rezoning process
- Landscaping: You may need approval from your local planning and development authority for your landscaping projects.
- Zoning variances: these include building heights, parking spaces, and setbacks
- Utility approvals: you may need to seek approval for creation of roads that connect to your property
- Use permits: conditional use permits may be requisites for your new project
Why You Need an Experienced Development Team
Land entitlement processes can be complicated and lengthy—up to 3 to 12 months and even longer. This is because city planners have varying interpretations of the local and municipal regulations. Again, approvals may sometimes be required at the city, county, and state levels, and the agencies seldom communicate with one another.
Working with professional development team such as Palm Springs real estate law firm will go a long way in helping you get your developmental plan moving along relatively fast considering that vast experience and network that they enjoy.
Ideally, professional development teams consist of lawyers, project consultants, engineers, and architects with good working relationships with planners at the city, county and state levels, which can negotiate a lot of developmental and approval issues on your behalf, doing away with the hassle of having to submit tones of requests to various jurisdictions.
For more information and questions on land entitlements, don’t hesitate to contact our Palm Springs real estate law firm