To avoid the development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a site.
Permit from the relevant local authority in the form of a land allotment/ land use letter; also, where applicable, clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Do not develop buildings, hardscape, roads or parking areas on portions of sites that meet any of the following criteria
- High-value farmland as defined by the relevant local, regional, state or central government agency.
- Previously undeveloped land within areas classified at high or very high hydrogeologic risk, including any land whose elevation is lower than 5 feet (1.5 meters) above the elevation of the 100- year flood, as defined by the relevant local, regional, state or central government agency.
- Land specifically identified as habitat for any species listed as threatened or endangered by Wildlife Institute of India.
- Land within 100 feet (30 meters) of a wetland listed as being of high ecological value by the relevant local, regional, state, or central government agency. Renovation of an existing building is allowed if construction impact is limited to the existing development footprint.
- Previously undeveloped land that is within 50 feet (15 meters) of a water body that supports or could support aquatic life, recreation or industrial use, as determined by a professional biologist.
- Land that prior to acquisition for the project was public parkland.