Section 345 – Active and Substantial Development and Completion
345.1 In approving any application, the Planning Board may specify the threshold level of work which constitutes “active and substantial development and building” for the purposed of determining the minimum amount of work required in order to satisfy the provisions of RSA 674:39 pertaining to protection from subsequent amendments to local land use regulations for a period of four (4) years. Active and substantial development, in the absence of a specific finding by the Planning Board, shall be deemed to have occurred when at least twenty percent (20%) of the total building foundations or one building foundation – whichever is greater – on the site has been installed, inspected and approved by the Building Inspector, utilities have been extended to the site, and a certified plot plan of the foundation has been submitted. All erosion control measures as specified on the approved plan for the area of disturbance must be installed.
345.2 Substantial completion of the development shall be deemed to have occurred when a Certificate of Occupancy for all buildings shown on the approved site plan shall have been issued by the Bedford Building Department, and all other on-site and/or off-site improvements have been determined by the Town of Bedford or its agent to be in compliance with the approved site plan or satisfactory financial guarantees remain on deposit with the Town to insure completion of such improvements.