Entitlements

Specific Plans

What is the Purpose of Specific Plans? In a previous post, we talked about the General Plan Land Use and...
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Title

Preliminary Title Reports

How To Order A Prelim? One of the first steps in a real estate transaction is to obtain a preliminary...
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Land Acquisition

City Fees

Building Permit Fees, Impact Fees, Plan Check Fees? I have noticed a bit of confusion when the conversation talks about...
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Construction

Urban Projects

Why Do Podium Projects Cost So Much? In the residential arena, it would seem that most of the house construction...
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Land Development

Product Density

Does Density Increase Land Value? Many times throughout my career, I have come across the thinking that increasing the density...
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Entitlements

General Plans

General Plan Land Use vs Zoning? “What is the zoning?” seems to be one of the first questions heard when...
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Entitlements

Tentative Tract Maps

Tentative Map vs Final Map? Many of us who have been in development for many years recall those early years...
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Financial

Project Pro Formas

What Makes Up a Marketing Budget? In most of the homebuilding pro formas, it seems that the marketing budget for...
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Land Development

Site Improvements

What are Grading Risks? Based on my experience, I would venture a guess that most homebuilders prefer to buy finished...
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Engineering

Site Planning

What Are Setbacks? The local jurisdiction adopts zoning ordinances which provides various zoning standards such as density, height, minimum lot...
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Environmental

Environmental Assessments

Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3? Sometimes it seems that there is a bit of confusion as to an environmental...
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Entitlements

City Approvals

What Exactly Are Entitlements? If you have never been involved in an entitlement process, today’s post will be a short...
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Title

Title Insurance Policies

What is "Cleaning Up" Title? Many have heard the phrase “cleaning up title”, but also many of us did not...
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Land Development

Infill Development

Infill Products - What is the Best Program? In a previous post, we talked about direct construction costs and the...
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Construction

Direct Construction

Direct Costs and Product Considerations? Particularly in conceiving an infill project design, it can be a complicated puzzle as you...
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Entitlements

Environmental Agencies

Army Corps of Engineers - A Difficult Process? Over the past several years, I have experienced many land acquisition managers...
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Engineering

Water Quality Management

What Is SWMM and How Does It Help? The topic of Water Quality Management seems to have become a key...
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Title

Title Insurance

Does a Title Report Provide Insurance Against Claims? We have an online course "How to Review a Title Report", where...
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Land Acquisition

Due Diligence

Infill Developments May Have Trickier Utility Connections? Having been involved in numerous infill projects, I have noticed that the planning...
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