30 April

Site Improvements

What are Grading Risks? Based on my experience, I would venture a guess that most homebuilders prefer to buy finished lots, which means fully improved with the grading, utilities, and street work completed.  In addition to shortening the project life, …

25 April

Site Planning

What Are Setbacks? The local jurisdiction adopts zoning ordinances which provides various zoning standards such as density, height, minimum lot size, and lot dimensions.  Another key zoning standard is the “setback” from the property lines, which dictates how the proposed …

23 April

Environmental Assessments

Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3? Sometimes it seems that there is a bit of confusion as to an environmental assessment and environmental reports.  In California, every new project that is submitted to a City/County for approval must be accompanied …

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