“Local planning boards maintain a very crucial role in the managed growth of a community. And understanding their expectations is crucial to moving your new construction project forward in a timely and methodical fashion.”
On the surface, it would seem a community should always welcome new residential construction. Benefits include additional tax revenues as well as the opportunity for local merchants to expand their sales. Companies absorb new users of electricity, water, and related utilities. School systems have the opportunity to grow as well, attracting new talent while offering the student body expanded services.
However, the journey towards receiving the coveted building permit can be a path that – at times – seems to be filled with one landmine after another.
Local planning boards maintain a very crucial role in the managed growth of a community. And understanding their expectations is crucial to moving your new construction project forward in a timely and methodical fashion.
A good starting point is getting to know your planning board, having a good feel for a community’s personality, and gaining recommendations for competent, experienced consulting engineers and professional planners/surveyors who have previously navigated their way through the approval process with current planning board members.
Clear, complete, and concise documentation presented to the board in a professional fashion will go a long way towards getting started on your new home. And of course, a Timber Frame design that blends, fits, and ultimately compliments its surroundings (courtesy of Timber Frames Unlimited and our extensive suite of services) will help you immeasurably.
And remember, the winter months are ideal for evaluating woodland building sites as vistas open up and the low sun angle and orientation allows you to really understand the importance of maximum passive solar gain. Happy hiking!