Zoning/Entitlement Services

Based on The Colston Company unique background in land use planning and community involvement, our entitlement evaluation will document the current zoning and planning applicable to a particular property as well as special overlay issues, special districts or interim controls that may effect the entitlement picture.

The Colston Company will also provide an assessment of the future entitlement forecast, evaluating any pending legislation, trends in the local community and volatile political concerns that may impact the future development potential of the site. Given the complex regulatory environment that controls the building process in today's marketplace, these services, which are unique to The Colston Company, can prove to be the difference between a project that is viable and one that is not.

On-site Research: The basic elements of the Entitlement Evaluation are outlined below:

  1. Determination of the current Zoning Designation
  2. Complete Zoning Analysis (including a list of permitted uses)
  3. Parking count comparison with code required parking Height,
  4. setback and density review (based on an on-site inspection)
  5. In the case of vacant land or redevelopment situations, provide an entitlement summary of potential height, setback, density and parking limitations (based on information available on-site)
  6. Review of prior and pending discretionary approvals, including Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s), development agreements, conditional/special use permits, variances, zone changes, subdivisions and street (ROW) dedications/vacations.
  7. Review of easements and CC&R’s Review of General/Comprehensive Plan consistency

Whatever the size and scope of your project, and wherever the location, unexpected variables may require you to obtain multiple approvals and permits from unfamiliar agencies. The Colston Company will assist you in obtaining all required zoning and permits, from the beginning to the end of the process, by concisely evaluating your project needs and persistently working with permitting agencies.

Our team will conduct an on-site and off-site review of available materials to determine the zoning classification; code restrictions such as height, setback, parking and density, along with a list of permitted uses; and provide a standardized compliance report outlining the publicly available information.

The Colston Company can secure every type of permit and approval, including:

Zoning, Land Use, & Research
• Zoning and land use research
• Location analysis
• Site plan approvals
• Conditional use permits
• Zoning ordinance appeals
• Zoning ordinance variances
• Zoning ordinance amending
• Property re-zoning
• Architectural review approvals
• Public Works and Transportation Approvals

Building Permits & Related Approvals
• Building Permits
• Occupancy permits
• Land disturbance permits
• Building Codes Analysis
• Demolition permits
• Business licenses
• Temporary Structures permits

We have worked closely with State, County, Municipal, and Township agencies as well as separate Fire Protection Districts, Planning Districts, and Water/Soil Conservation Districts. Our professional services have been specifically utilized for evaluations and presentations to:

• Architectural Review Boards
• Historic District Commissions
• Planning Commissions
• Township Boards
• Zoning Board of Appeals
• Building Code Board of Appeals
• City and County Councils

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