Originally posted on PointOne
The data center development market is a crowded space, and companies looking to expand their footprint must mitigate potential risks to ensure they make it to market efficiently.
When identifying land suitable for data center deployments, operators are frequently met with obstacles to site developability. Two predominant hurdles are zoning requirements and managing power infrastructure. In this two part blog series, we will explore the benefits of working with a developer like PointOne that can provide both vetted and powered land, and the benefits of both.
Vetted Land refers to land that has been prepped for data center development with:
- Proper zoning
- Utility access
- Stakeholder engagement
- Completed environmental studies
- Completed cultural resources and traffic impact analysis
- Completed community engagement work
- Miscellaneous studies and other work determined by the municipality
As developable land dwindles — especially in Tier 1 markets and adjacent areas — utilizing a site selection specialist can greatly reduce risk and increase speed to market for companies looking to deploy in certain areas.
However, it’s also beneficial when looking at newer markets as well, since county planning and engineering departments may not be as familiar with data center requirements which can delay required processes. Time wasted vetting and permitting land increases time to market and delays the ability for users to execute appropriate agreements with utility providers. PointOne is able to remove this risk to an organization by providing sites that are entitled and infrastructure-ready.
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