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4 common regulatory challenges facing land developers

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Land Development & Zoning

Land developers can build malls, houses, offices, condos and much more.

Of course, developing land in New Hampshire brings regulatory challenges. Understanding and complying with these requirements is important for a successful project.

1. Zoning ordinances

Zoning ordinances dictate the use of land in a particular area. In New Hampshire, these regulations vary widely from one municipality to another. Zoning restrictions may dictate the type of structures developers can build, the density of development, setbacks from property lines and more. It can be tricky for developers to anticipate and navigate the requirements.

2. Environmental regulations

New Hampshire boasts stunning natural beauty. Protecting its environment is important. Developers must contend with various environmental regulations aimed at preserving wetlands, protecting wildlife habitats and maintaining water quality. These regulations often require extensive permitting processes. They may restrict development in environmentally sensitive areas.

3. Permitting processes

Getting the necessary permits for land development projects in New Hampshire can be lengthy and complex. Developers must navigate multiple layers at the local, state and sometimes federal levels. Delays in the permitting process can significantly affect project timelines and budgets.

4. Infrastructure requirements

Developers must consider the impact of their projects on infrastructure such as roads, utilities and public services. In many cases, municipalities require developers to make improvements to infrastructure or contribute financially to offset the strain that increased development causes.

By being proactive with these challenges, developers can bring their visions to life. At the same time, they can respect the unique characteristics of New Hampshire’s landscape and communities.