Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines

Submission Requirements

  • Certified Site Document submission will be in the form of (3) submittals:
    • Electronic version either through NNDA mail box or Dropbox
    • Hard copy version mailed to or dropped off at NNDA office
      • NNDA electronic mail box: nnda@nnda.org
      • Paper submission: to NNDA | 704 West Nye Lane, Ste. 201 |Carson City, Nevada 89703
    • Certified Site document downloaded onto USB drive
  • All submissions will follow the exact order of Certified Site Checklist
  • All submissions will be in Calibri (Body) font
  • All submissions will be 10 font size and the body will be spaced at 1.5
  • Certification fee for submittal is $1,000, made payable to NNDA

Steps for Certification of a Site/Park:

  1. Compile all relevant materials for the site/park as outlined on the Checklist and further detailed in Certification Criteria below.
  2. Submit the Intent to Certify form and relevant materials to the Program Coordinator in electronic format.
  3. The Program Coordinator will schedule a site visit to be conducted with members of the Team.
  4. The Program Coordinator and Team will review the Intent to Certify, site visit assessment and prepare a recommendation for the Committee; or request additional information from the owner/representative.
  5. If the Committee approves the Intent to Certify, the owner/representative and governing jurisdiction will receive notification. If the Intent to Certify is denied, the owner will be notified with an explanation for such decision; with a time frame to cure and reconsider.
  6. With approval from the Committee, the site will be updated to show certified status online; for a two year period from date of approval
  7. The owner/representative is required to keep the Committee informed as locations are sold, improvements are made, and/or other changes occur; failure to do so could result in status revocation.
  8. Notice will be sent to the owner/representative three months prior to the two-year anniversary date of certification to update required information to recertify.

NOTE: Please contact the Program Coordinator with any questions or issues as soon as possible. By addressing potential issues as soon as they are identified, there can be significant savings of time and expense.

Program Criteria
The Certified Sites Program allows properties to be submitted in one of two categories:

  • Commercial Site – defined as a single contiguous, buildable parcel for Industrial/Office use; no retail
  • Business Park – sites that are intended to be subdivided for Industrial/Office use; no retail

Creating a Business Park certification encourages owners/representatives to think ahead about the possible uses of sites and prepare a master development plan. This will allow potential issues with easements, infrastructure and topography to be addressed; demonstrating a thoughtful approach to a prospective client

Certification Criteria
This list is meant to provide additional detail in support of the items necessary for site certification. Please refer to the NNDA Certified Site/Park Checklist for a comprehensive list of the required items; if you have any questions please contact the Program Coordinator.

  • The sites, individual or park, must be available for sale to a prospective user/investor for a minimum two year period. The applicant must attach the following documents to certify that the site is available:
    • Appropriate documentation that assures the site may be offered for a period of at least 2 years. This could be:
      • Written certification from the owner
      • An appropriate real estate listing agreement authorizing an agent to offer the property for sale
      • An option to purchase
      • A contingency contract to purchase or lease
    • Sales Price of Property – The site or proposed park sites must have an established price and terms for the sale of the property. It must be guaranteed for at least two years. The applicant must submit a letter from the owner or controlling entity stating a price and conditions of sale or lease.
    • Preliminary Title Report – with deed, tax information, maps, restrictions
  • The applicant must provide documentation that demonstrates the site/parks ability to be developed. Documents required are as follows:
    • Documentation of items that may impact development – Documentation of any known right-of-ways, easements, judgments, liens, restrictive covenants and any other items that might impact the entire site/park.
    • Rare or Endangered Plant and/or Animal Species – Include map(s) and/or report(s) indicating the location of rare or endangered plants and/or animal species; if applicable.
    • Archeological Report – A determination letter from State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) stating the results; if applicable.
    • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment – Shall be conducted in accordance with ASTM E 1527, the report format shall be that recommended in the standard practice; and it must be dated.
    • Wetlands Determination – including map(s) and/or report(s) indicating the location of wetlands or a signed statement non-existence; and must be dated.
    • Wetlands Mitigation Plan – If wetlands exist and must be disturbed, show costs and plans for mitigation. This plan must be signed and dated by a licensed Professional Engineer.
    • Water Bodies Map – Map which indicates location of water bodies in the site/park and estimated water flow.
    • Access – The site/park must be directly served, or capable of being served, by a road that is compatible with jurisdictional standards for tractor/trailer access; with maintenance responsibilities detailed.
    • Zoning Information – The site/park must be zoned for commercial use; no retail. If the zoning is not compatible, detail the process to rezone and indicate whether commercial use is compatible with the county’s land use plan.
    • Flood Plain Map – Submit a map depicting the location of the site/park in relation to water bodies in the immediate vicinity, 100-year flood elevations for floodable areas within the site/park and any filled areas.
    • Electric Service – The site/park must be served by industrial quality power, a minimum of three-phase electric service. The applicant must submit a statement from the power supplier addressing availability and time required to supply three-phase electric service to the site/park.
    • Natural Gas – If the applicant intends to market the site/park as served by natural gas, a statement from supplier indicating size, feasibility and reliability of supply, and time required for extension must be attached.
    • Water Service – The site/park must be served by public/licensed water service. If the public water infrastructure is not within 500 feet of the site/park, please attach the following documentation:
      • Extension engineering design
      • An engineer’s cost estimate for extending water service to the site/park and the time required for extension.
      • A copy of approved permits for the water system extensions.
      • Proof that right-of-ways for the extension have been obtained.
      • If the water infrastructure is within 500 feet of the site/park, the applicant must attach a letter from the water service provider verifying available capacity and flow at the point of connection. This letter should also attest to its ability and willingness to provide appropriate service to the proposed site/park, the size of existing or proposed transmission lines, the available water storage capacities of the system, the static and residual pressures in the vicinity of the site/park, and the excess capacity of the existing water treatment facilities.
    • Wastewater Service – The site/park must be served by a public/licensed wastewater system. If the wastewater infrastructure is not within 500 feet of the site/park, please attach the following dated documentation:
      • Extension engineering design.
      • An engineer’s cost estimate for extending wastewater service to the site/park, and the time required for extension.
      • A copy of approved permits for the sewer system extensions.
      • Proof that right-of-ways for the extension have been obtained.
      • If the wastewater infrastructure is within 500 feet of the site/park, the applicant must attach a letter from the waste water service provider verifying conveyance and treatment capacity. This letter should also attest to the providers ability and willingness to provide appropriate service to the proposed collection lines; the size of existing or proposed pumping facilities which are necessary to service the site/park; the extent of present excess line capacity in the vicinity of the site/park; the type of treatment technology which is presently in use at the treatment facility; and the distance which local service must be extended to serve the site/park.
    • Rail Letter – If the applicant intends to market the site/park as rail-served, a letter from the rail provider must be included. This letter should detail the existing rail line, any additional infrastructure that may be required to service the site/park and the railroad’s willingness to serve this site/park; including a 10% approved plan submittal.
    • Telecommunications/Broadband Letter – The site/park must be served by telecommunications/Broadband infrastructure, and letters from all potential suppliers of such services should be submitted that detail the type/capacity of service that can be provided.
    • Geotechnical Summary – Geotechnical review that documents that support the site/park’s soil characteristics are compatible with industrial development; and the proximity and explanation of any faults.
    • Development Plan – The applicant seeking certification must provide a development plan. This plan should provide a cost estimate for the proposed park development inclusive of grading, drainage, utilities extension, and the date of proposal. The following documents must be attached:
      • Topographic Survey – A topographic survey or topographic analysis with contour level indicators.
      • Site Development Cost Estimate – An engineer’s site development cost estimate and date of estimate.
      • Master Development Plan – If the applicant is attempting to certify as a park, a master development plan that shows the location of park access roads, easements for all utilities (water, sewer, natural gas, electricity, telecommunications), and proposed lot locations and sizes must be submitted. This plan should take into consideration and note the location of development limitations, such as wetlands, flood plains and permanent easements
      • The applicant must provide documentation that demonstrates the site/parks ability to
  • Aerial Map – Individual sites must be three buildable acres or larger, parks must demonstrate that at least half of the parcels will have three or more buildable acres. The size and location of buildable acres must be determined and identified on a map. Note: Buildable acres is defined as the area of land that can be built upon with minimum permitting issues. This means the total site excluding any property that cannot be built upon due to wetlands, flood plains, streams and buffers, and/or where development is restricted by protective covenants, easements and right-of-ways.