Land use planning provides vital information that allows our clients to understand and make informed decisions about their development options.

New neighborhood being built, Fieldstone Way, Wellesley, MA

Data Collection

The first step is gathering data about the site and its surroundings. Topographic and detail surveys, wetlands and environmental considerations, and soils data are key factors in determining the best use of a parcel.

Regulatory Review

State, local, and federal regulations — such as zoning by-laws, wetland regulations, and stormwater management requirements — require careful review. How these regulations apply to your project, and which jurisdictional regulations apply, often determines if a project can be permitted for construction.

Careful Planning Leads to Permitting

The planners and engineers at Merrill work with these regulations on a daily basis. We know the best way to initiate and plan a project, large or small, and help clients optimize the permitting process through careful planning and development of conceptual design alternatives.

Typical Land Use Planning Services

  • Development feasibility studies
  • Local by-law and regulations review
  • Concept planning
  • Preliminary site layouts
  • Presentation drawings and reports
  • Traffic studies
  • MEPA filings
  • Land use consulting
  • Aerial photography
  • Wetland delineations

Recent Land Use Projects

The Village at South River

This privately developed coastal community is situated on the South River between Marshfield and Humarock in Scituate, Massachusetts.…

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

CMA is continually working to expand its gas distribution systems as well as replace old and outdated infrastructure.…

“The team at Merrill are able to take extremely complicated concepts and turn them into viable, permitted projects. Their experience, creativity, and problem-solving skills, combined with extremely high standards and ethics, translate into a great all-around experience for the client. I have worked with the Merrill team on multiple projects and have always been thrilled with their work product. It’s a pleasure to do business with them.”

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