Even those who have little to no experience in construction have likely come into contact with a land surveyor or a civil engineer. Land surveyors help with new construction on private property, and they’re called in to settle boundary disputes between warring neighbors. Civil engineers are the ones who oversee new construction in a variety of different settings. Both of these professions base their actions on the findings of another essential professional: the land planner.
While seemingly straightforward on paper, land planning in Idaho is a specialized skill that requires years of experience to perfect.
What does a land planner do?
Just as the name would imply, a land planner is the person who determines the location of buildings, streets, utilities, open spaces, etc. in new construction. In a municipal setting, a land planner establishes commercial and residential areas, and determines where sidewalks and parks will go—essentially, everything that eventually transforms into a new community. In a residential setting, a land planner might determine the best location for a new home on private property.
What goes into successful land planning?
You might think that land planning in Idaho is as simple as walking onto the property and pointing at a suitable location, but it’s far more complicated than that. On a residential level, a talented land planner takes into account site drainage, utility locations, the site’s position in the larger community and a million other tiny factors to make sure that your new construction is perfectly positioned on your property.
On a commercial level, a land planner working on a new subdivision ensures that individual lots are placed evenly throughout a given property and create a smooth flow through the neighborhood.
Why do engineers offer land planning?
If you’re considering working with an engineer or surveyor that doesn’t also offer land planning, you might think again. Land planning is an essential first step in literally any new construction. Oftentimes, firms that provide this crucial first step can deliver more knowledgeable results in the later stages of development.
What to look for in a land planner
Regardless of your individual needs, you can still identify a qualified land planner using a few universal criteria.
A local land planner will have intimate knowledge of the region, which they can use to ensure their results are more accurate than the competition. A land planner with years of experience is more likely to have handled a more diverse array of situations that they are able to navigate. Finally, a land planner with consistent repeat customers is one with a reputation for excellence.
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Need help with land planning in Idaho? Call on Mason & Associates. We have more than 30 years of experience in the world of civil engineering, land surveying and land planning, and we can’t wait to put it to work for you! When you work with Mason & Associates, you can rest assured you’re getting professional, courteous service, whether you’re putting up a new home or a new subdivision. Our knowledgeable team has the skill to help. Give us a call today!