Land Development Handbook

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Once a simple process, land development has become an art and science fundamental to urban economies. This process has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. The impacts of land development on the environment, transportation, infrastructure and quality of life are now common issues about which everyone is concerned. Environmental issues regarding erosion and sediment control, storm water management, water quality, wetlands and hazardous waste fall under local, state and federal controls to varying degrees. These controls along with the design and approval process, have drastically changed the techniques of land development. The professional practicing in this changing environment must be familiar with all issues involved with design, regulations and environmental aspects impacting land development design. In essence, this work is a comprehensive "How-to" book designed for those involved with planning, engineering and surveying in land development design.

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For land development professionals of every stripe, the "big picture" of an increasingly complex process

Once a relatively simple matter, land development has today become an art and a science unto itself, and one that has wide implications for entire urban economies. Indeed; its many facets are enough to challenge the saviest engineer, planner, surveyor, architect, attorney, developer--or any professional otherwise engaged in navigating the complex maze of the land development process. If you're among them, here's the indispensable reference you need to become familiar with today's evolving land development design process. Written by one of the nation's premier consulting firms, it delivers comprehensive coverage of planning, engineering and surverying. . .along with an enlightening arrary of illustrations, including diagrams, detailed drawings, plats, and reports generated at the various design stages, as well as charts and tables, and more.

The book describes the design and approval process for residential, commerical, and retail land development project. You'll gain ready, reliable access to bottom-line information on such top-priority subjects as: environmental issues, including erosion control, storm water management, and water quality; types of local regulations, where to get necessary project approvals, and what to expect during the process; site analysis and selection; technical information on the design of suburban infrastructure components such as water supply systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm drain systems, and roads; the complete spectrum of surveying methods, including Global Positioning Systems Surveys and Geographic Information Systems. The ultimate "how-to" guide for anyone involved in land development, this is one professional reference you'll be consulting time and again.

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THE DEWBERRY COMPANIES, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, started out as a six-person civil engineering company in 1956 serving the northern Virginia area. Since then the company has grown to a nationally known design firm with over 1,600 employees, 26 offices, an amazing array of people, resources, and capabilities. Dedicated to architecture, planning, and surveying, the Dewberry Companies is rated one of the top 100 land development firms in the United States by the ENR.

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