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What is entailed in a site plan review?

Boston area developers understand that before their project can begin there are many hurdles they must jump through. Local and state zoning ordinances and other regulations can be complicated and require vast knowledge of real estate law.

Many times, authorities demand a site plan review. These requirements widely among Massachusetts municipalities.

Depending on where a development is going to occur, there are different contents of a site plan. But most of them include the preparation done by a registered professional. They also include a plan showing the property, existing easements, any wetland areas, boundary areas, existing structures, and dimensions. The plan may also include the location of where buildings are and where proposed structures would go and include building heights. It may also include streets, parking, and other traffic patterns, along with existing and proposed utilities, drainage plans, landscaping, site grading, and signage. In addition, a site plan may include proof of compliance with rules and regulations.

When going through a site plan review, developers typically need to submit multiple copies of the site plan to the review committee and another municipal authorities. These may include building inspector, conservation office, board of health, fire department, etc. There is also usually a hearing process. After the planning board has reviewed the plan it will be approved or approved with conditions or denied.

A legal professional who is skilled in land use and zoning can help their client through the site plan review process. An attorney understands the importance of the project and will make sure their client's project is reviewed correctly according to state and local laws and that any confusion is sorted out.

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