Engineering

Site Improvements

Why A Dry Utility Consultant? One of the key consultants in land development is the civil engineer, who is responsible...
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Project Management

Project Management

What Is Forward Planning? In land development and homebuilding, I have often heard the term “forward planning” and have also...
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Land Development

Site Plans & Density

What Makes Sites Inefficient? In a previous post, we talked about rules of thumb for density based on lot sizes...
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Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition Criteria

What Defines A Small Project? If you are land developer or a land broker trying to sell land to a...
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Engineering

Grading Design

Balancing Dirt Onsite? When a land planner or civil engineer is starting a grading plan design, one of the prime...
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Engineering

Site Plan Design

The Role of Gravity In Site Planning? When creating a site plan design, a land planner or civil engineer will...
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Land Development

Land Planning

Why Cluster Lots In A Site Plan? When the site plan design begins, the lot sizes and dimensions are driven...
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Land Development

Redevelopment

Converting Retail Uses To Residential? For many years in California, one of the toughest sales to a city was the...
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Land Acquisition

Market Analysis

Using Resales As Market Comps? When looking at a potential project and conducting the market analysis, the best market comps...
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Engineering

Land Planning

What Are Street Sections? In our last post in talking about public and private streets, we referred to the street...
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Engineering

Land Planning

Public vs Private Streets? In most site plans and tract maps, I would think that the streets are designed to...
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Land Development

Homeowner Associations

HOA - Is It Necessary? It seems that most residential developments have a homeowners’ association established, especially if you compared...
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Engineering

Land Planning

Right-of-Way Dedications? In our last post, we talked about rules of thumb for density relative to lot sizes and product...
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Land Development

Land Planning

Density - Rules of Thumb? During the initial stage of land development, a developer needs to conduct some fairly thoughtful...
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Financial

Land Analysis

What Does "Land Residual" Mean? During the land acquisition process or in the financial analysis, “land residual” is a commonly...
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Engineering

Civil Engineering Design

Key Needs To Start Preliminary Engineering? Before a civil engineer can start the preliminary engineering and project design, some key...
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Entitlements

Annexations & LAFCO

Is Annexation Difficult? Here in California, we have the Local Agency Formation Commission (better known as LAFCO), which oversees the...
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Environmental

Environmental Assessments

What Are Technical Studies? During the entitlement process, many states require some form of assessment as to the environmental impacts...
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Environmental

US Fish & Wildlife Service

What is a Section 7 Consultation? In the world of environmental agencies and environmental permits, I have often found it...
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Financial

Financial Risk

The Timing Risk of Buying Land? The age-old mantra in real estate has always been location, location, location.  But in...
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