The zoning of a piece of land is the foundation upon which any planned development will gain planning permission approval.
What is land rezoning?
The zoning of land stipulates what can and cannot be built on a given piece of land, as set by the local planning authorities. There are different types of zoning such as commercial, residential development, resort development and many more. Some land is protected and will never be rezoned for development. Rezoning involves the local authorities changing the permitted use of the land.
The following step-by-step guide explains the Development process. This guide is approximate and may vary from country to country.
Step 1: Research the right piece of land with development potential
Due diligence and other detailed studies should be carried out about the local economy, population growth, migration, employment levels and property market to ascertain if there is demand for the particular planned development in question.
Other important searches would include if there is any debt or claims to the land and if there is direct access.
Step 2: Present the Conceptual Master Plan
Step 3: Submit an Infrastructure Plan to the local authority for approval
Step 4: Submit Architectural Plans to local authority for approval
Step 5: Submit Technical Drawings to local authority for approval
Step 6: Development agreement is approved by the local authority
Step 7: Sub-division into building plots
Important Note: From step 2 onwards, a positive response from the local authority is required to advance the project. If at Step 2 approval is not granted, the development company will modify the plans and represent them again, until approval has been secured.