The Beach Company’s vice president of development, Kevin O’Neill, recently wrote an article for Multifamily News about building on wetlands.
Wetlands areas are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that provide habitat for wildlife and store floodwaters. Since the Southeast has a number of wetlands areas, development on them requires extra research and can be expensive, the post said.
Any construction that affects a wetland area is a federal offense if no approval is gained beforehand, O'Neill noted. Fines, penalties and a complete shutdown of the project could happen as well.
O’Neill offered tips in his article to ensure builders know what to expect when working near wetlands. Do research to determine whether there is a wetlands delineation on site. A special permit is required if the development is more than half an acre and will affect a wetland area. If the area affects less than half an acre of wetland, the project may be allowed without a permit.
If a permit is required, a master plan must be submitted to the Corps of Engineers. A state permit may also be required if the wetland area contains saltwater.
O'Neill's full article is available for view at www.multihousingnews.com/post/building-on-wetlands/.