Working with your local government

In an effort to have a smooth working relationship with the local governmental entities (Cities, Townships or Counties), we typically sit down with their staff and outline our project plans prior to any site plan or building plan submittal. During this introductory meeting we work to assess their needs and expectations so once the project commences we have a smooth progression. Topics we usually discuss include:

  • Building set backs
  • Site coverage
  • Drainage
  • Erosion Control
  • Grading packages
  • Lighting issues
  • Neighborhood concerns
  • Traffic flow
  • Signage
  • Utilities
  • Zoning
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Variances
  • Required city improvements like rerouting of utilities, sidewalks, cart paths, trails, burying of overhead power lines, ponding, etc.

If we can address these issues up-front, the construction process proves to flow much smoother and we create a positive and trusting working relationship with the staff, thus eliminating any adversarial situations.

Once the planning is complete, our interaction with the local governmental entity may include some or all of the following meetings:

  • Planning and Engineering staff review meetings
  • Economic Development Commission meetings
  • Planning Commission meetings
  • City Council work sessions
  • City Council meetings
  • Building Official review meetings
  • Fire Marshall review meetings
  • Building Inspection meetings

In addition to meetings with the local governmental officials, we sometimes also have meetings with the following officials when wetlands, adjacent roadways or abutting jurisdictions are involved.

  • Area planning organizations
  • Watershed Districts
  • County Engineers
  • State Engineers
  • DNR
  • EPA
  • Corp. of Engineers
  • Adjacent Communities

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