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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this lot “buildable”?
There are many factors that determine if a lot is buildable. These include availability of water, sewer and electricity services, topography and geologic stability, proximity to archeological and environmentally sensitive areas, and utility easements. A comprehensive understanding of all of these factors is essential to determining whether a parcel is buildable.

Building in Shelter Cove can prove challenging in many ways. A parcel with steep topography located outside of the sewered area may be unable to develop a septic system meeting the requirements of the Environmental Health Division. Topography can also affect a project’s ability to meet Public Works requirements for driveway slope. To accommodate development, a parcel must provide sufficient setbacks from streams, wetlands and other habitats.

Consultation with Planning Division staff is recommended before purchasing a parcel or starting a project. Potential buyers are also encouraged to visit Shelter Cover to better understand site conditions. Consultation with professionals specializing in geologic, engineering, or biological issues may also be required when evaluating a purchase or project.

Purchasers and owners should be aware that dealing with any of these site specific issues often increases the cost of development.

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1. Is this lot “buildable”?
2. Is this lot within the Resort Improvement District’s service area?
3. What is the zoning for this lot? Is this lot located within the Coastal Zone?
4. What development does zoning allow?
5. What permits are required for development in Shelter Cove?
6. What is design review?
7. What are violations? Are there any violations on this parcel?
8. What is the basic process for getting a building permit?
9. What is the basic process for getting a planning permit?
10. What are typical fees for a planning permit?
11. Where can I get more Information?
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