Raleigh Experience and Development Insight from Its Project Managers

Commercial Site Design, a Raleigh, N.C.-based civil engineering, land surveying, and permit expediting firm that specializes in multi-unit, rollout commercial developments, has had a considerable impact on Raleigh and its growth.

Commercial Site Design has worked on more than 250 sites in Raleigh and partners with local architects, corporations, and franchisees to develop projects in cities located across the country as well as Raleigh; developing quick-serve restaurants, fast causals, causal diners, retail stores, and c-stores.

“One of our first casual-dining projects is a notable site in Raleigh – especially if you’ve attended an N.C. State or Carolina Hurricanes game, “says Brian Soltz, one of the founding partners at Commercial Site Design.  “We developed a site for Damon’s Grill which is currently Backyard Bistro near Carter-Finley Stadium.”

Commercial Site Design’s experience includes developing sites in Raleigh for national and regional brands; including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Han-Dee Hugo’s, BB&T, Popeye’s, IHOP, Chipotle, and Whiskey Kitchen among many other commercial developments.

“We’ve been working with the City of Raleigh since 2002 and our employees bring an immense amount of prior Raleigh experience,” says Brian Soltz.  “We understand the city’s development process and have relationships with key personnel.”

Commercial Site Design’s project managers provide insight and tips for developing properties in Raleigh.

  • Permitting of a new development through the City of Raleigh is usually a 3-step process; “administrative site plan” approval, “concurrent review” approval, and “building plan” approval.
  • Make sure you have all the required items when submitting plans. If you don’t, they won’t accept you or your submittal.
  • The most forgotten items when resubmitting plans to the concurrent review process are a CD of revised plans and two markups from previous review cycle.
  • Keep an eye on what is needed for permitting. Raleigh often changes its requirements.  In 2018, you only needed six hard copies.  In 2019, you need eight hard copies.
  • In the summer of 2019, Raleigh will move to “electronic plan review”.
  • For a “concurrent mylar” submittal, signature set must be unbound.
  • Schedule “sketch plan review” meetings as soon as possible. These meetings fill up quick.  If you don’t get in, it can be 2 months before you see a city official.
  • Provide as much detail as possible during the sketch plan review process; this will make the development process easier.
  • Landscape can be a major component of a design, especially if tree conservation is required (which typically occurs if the site is over 2 acres).
  • If it’s an undeveloped site, stormwater will be a major component of the design. If the site is a redevelopment, there is a possibility the site will be exempt from stormwater requirements.

Raleigh is a tough jurisdiction. It’s going to take time and effort to get plans through the review process.

To get more information on the development process, visit www.raleighnc.gov/business.  To get more information on the concurrent site review or sketch plan review, click on concurrent review or sketch review.

To talk to one of Commercial Site Design’s project managers about a Raleigh project, email info@csitedesign.com.

To get more information on Commercial Site Design, visit www.csitedesign.com or follow Commercial Site Design on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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