Don't blow site approval; when time counts, get a professional

July 12, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

In a time where nearly every project has an "aggressive" schedule, an informal/informational meeting with the city or town's planning department is a good idea.

The Internet and grass-roots neighborhood activism have boosted public impact on private and public projects. A big part of the approvals process is the site plan, according to Debra Axelrood, a planning professional with HarleyEllis. In a time where nearly every project has an "aggressive" schedule, an informal/informational meeting with the city or town's planning department is a good idea, she says. "Is the approval process completed in a single phase? Or is it a multi-step process? Do minor changes require planning commission approval or are there provisions for administrative approval?" Axelrood asks. "Are schematic level plans appropriate, or are complete engineered drawings required at time of submittal?"

At the very least, the following issues/questions should be discussed or better, nailed down during the informal meeting:

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