Land planning is an important first step of every construction project, no matter the scope, size or budget. That’s why a high quality firm specializing in land planning in Idaho is needed to handle this process. A professional land planner will ensure the property is developed for the most appropriate and efficient usage. But before you hire a land planner, it’s important to understand exactly what the process entails and the responsibilities of the company. That’s why we’ve assembled the answers to just a few of the most frequently asked questions about land planning.
What does a land planner do?
A project designer will enlist the help of a land planner after the property is acquired. They will then utilize any conceptual drawings of the proposed development and any requirements to develop how the proposed project will work within the topography and zoning category. This will include placing buildings, sidewalks, green spaces, driveways and any necessary utilities.
How is this done?
Land planning is much more than just the building concept and the property. The land planner must first gain an intimate knowledge of the property, surrounding land, existing regulations and the overall project goal. This is accomplished through meeting with construction leaders, researching any existing records and meeting with neighboring landowners as needed. Additionally, their education and experience has equipped them with a crucial understanding of how a community prefers to use a space and maintain the maximum exposure to potential customers.
Zoning requirements and permit details can also affect the final plan. For example, the zoning might only allow seven dwellings per acre, while the original plan calls for nine. The planner will then adapt the concept to avoid violating the requirements. Every other aspect of the project may then need to be adjusted as a result.
After making any necessary revisions and a thorough review by the project manager, the final plans will then be submitted to the city planner for final approval. The government official could approve it as is or make recommendations based on the local ordinances and requirements. Additional changes will then be made as needed based on the new information.
Can’t this be done in-house?
In short, no. This is one step where you just can’t afford to cut corners to keep costs low. The overall success of the project will depend on the quality of the land planning at these important first stages. Their recommendations will either ensure the success or failure of the project. The professional should have years of training and on-the-job experience in land planning in Idaho. Additionally, they should be familiar with any local regulations, necessary permits and any existing restrictions to avoid any unexpected surprises in the city planner’s review.
Start your next project off on the right foot by hiring an expert land planner. Contact the professionals at Mason & Associates today to learn more about our land planning services. We also offer engineering and survey services to ensure your overall project is a success. Call us today to learn more!