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Location approval is a mechanism which allows the local level to indicate to the State that the site is acceptable for the proposed use. The primary considerations are in regard to traffic, and the location's proximity to schools and churches.
Requirements for formal applications are found in the Appendix of the Developer's Guide.
It is highly recommended that you consult with the Planning staff prior to making a formal application. If the site has a previous location approval, you may not need to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Time frames are the same as for a variance.