So, you've got some vacant land that seems about ripe for development, eh? Unless you're experienced, it's likely that you'll underestimate the work that needs to be done before the first shovel full is turned.
Land development starts with a thorough assessment of the landscape involved. It also requires a comprehensive appreciation of the intracacies presented by the surrounding land. Things like topography, drainage, soil composition and resident wildlife factor heavily when it comes to design, zoning, regulatory approvals and the type of infrastructure that needs to be included. From there, you can decide what kind of development is possible, most profitable and sustainable over the long term.
Residential development requires a capacity for considerable distributed infrastruction for things like storm water management, sewage, streets and utilities. These are things that have to be planned before any final platting can take place. The proper plan is required to secure necessary approvals prior to actual site preparation or building.
For commercial development, mapping out the best direction requires an understanding of both site-specific limitations and the subsequent maximum potential building size, taking things like parking spaces and storm water retention into account.
Working with a qualified and experience professional civil engineer will give you the knowledge you need about your land's potential, help securing required approvals and permits and arriving at an overall design that will be both functional and sustainable.
If it sounds like this will take a lot of time, it certainly can. A simple survey may be done rather quickly but a workable plan and design that earns everyone's blessing can take years. Enlisting the help of a civil engineering firm will generally shorten timelines, reduce overall costs and keep things organized. When it's all done, the real fun begins!
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MMS Consultants, Inc. provides professional civil engineering and land surveying services — from simple property surveys to complete design and construction management. Since 1975, the firm has successfully completed nearly 40,000 municipal improvement and private land development projects throughout Eastern Iowa.
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