To successfully execute projects, civil engineers must have extensive land-use knowledge. Because land development laws can be complex and frequently change, civil engineers must make efforts to remain up to date at all times. If you are looking for an expert civil engineer for your next project, keep the following in mind.
New land development laws are constantly changing the landscape of civil engineering. Regulations and review processes in this industry change rapidly. Civil engineers work in one of the most challenging fields in this respect. They must constantly review local and federal land regulations to remain current on all land development laws.
If you want to determine a civil engineer’s knowledge and expertise, find out how many submissions the civil engineer has filed with the local site plan department in the past 24 months. If the professional has not filed anything in the past two years, this is a red flag, since land-use regulations change frequently. In other words, no activity indicates a lack of due diligence or experience.
Environmentally sensitive areas are most likely to experience frequent changes in land development laws. Coastal areas are a prime example, due to the storms they experience. Conservation programs and wetland sites can also affect land development laws.
A strong civil engineer will have substantial knowledge of any proposed changes to regulations. He or she will keep abreast of current trends in land development laws. This will allow the civil engineer to make appropriate recommendations to clients about future or ongoing project development. This expert’s input can help clients avoid poor investments and failed ventures.
Layers of regulations
Civil engineers must possess in-depth knowledge of all levels of land development laws. These layers may overlap and contradict one another, so this is no easy task. For example, federal regulations may supersede a local requirement for wetland conservation. The engineer must understand how each regulation works and to which standard a project must adhere. If regulations are not followed, the engineer or the client may suffer fines or even incarceration.
A good test of civil engineer knowledge of land development laws is a track record of success. To partner with a trusted civil engineer, look for a company that has an established reputation in the industry. Look for longevity as well as expertise in the type of project you hope to accomplish. Find a team that is actively involved in site planning and review and has experience submitting site development plans.
Your local land-use experts
Don’t be taken by surprise by land development laws—partner with the team at Mason & Associates. We are Idaho’s premier civil engineering and surveying company, specializing in surveying, construction staking projects, subdivision platting and land development. Our experts will apply in-depth knowledge of land development laws to help you enjoy a successful project. We will work with you to define the scope of services and set an agreed-upon budget. Contact us today to get started. Reach our knowledgeable team with any questions at 208-454-0256.