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2.3.1.07 Geotechnical Study

Geotechnical Study

If an Initial Study Is Needed...

If there is no existing study of the area but one is required, the District Development Technician, at the direction of the Approving Officer, sends the applicant a letter asking for an initial geotechnical study.

If a Site-Specific Study Is Needed...

If a blanket study of the area has been done and shows evidence of natural hazards, the District Development Technician, at the direction of the Approving Officer, sends the applicant a letter of preliminary non-approval suggesting that a qualified Professional Engineer be hired to do a site-specific study. If the blanket study is a public document, it should be referred to in the letter.

Outcome of the Study

After receiving the letter from the District Development Technician, the applicant may engage a qualified Professional Engineer to do a geotechnical study of the site. Its goals would be to:

  • Determine if there is a hazard
  • Determine extent of any hazard
  • Identify building sites free from hazard, or where risk could be rendered acceptable