Land Development

land development

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Commercial land development can be a critical point to starting or expanding your business.  You want your business to look right; it should be visually appealing, convey the right image to your customers, and be suitable for the area you’re starting in.  To accomplish these goals, there are a few things you need to consider.

Zoning Laws

Zoning laws regulate two things.  The first: zoning regulations determine the type of land use allowed in a given area.  The second: zoning laws dictate building regulations, such as maximum building size, safety regulations, and the like.  Before you even purchase any land, you should make sure that the zoning laws allow you to use it for that purpose.

There are many different types of zones.  Residential zones are reserved for homes, though some cities allow certain types of businesses to be run out of homes.  Commercial zones allow for businesses to be built. Industrial zones are used for manufacturing and allow higher noise levels to accommodate the machine use.  Agricultural zones are reserved for farming. Historical zones are meant to preserve certain areas of historical significance to the local area; you can run businesses in them, but there are restrictions to what changes can be made to the area, and you must leave buildings in the area as intact as possible.  Finally, some cities have aesthetic zones. These are will allow some businesses, but you have to conform to certain color schemes and architectural design choices.

construction planningDon’t assume that just because you’ve done land development before, you know how it all works.  Laws are subject to change and vary from place to place.  Especially here in Utah, the zoning laws can be very different from other places.

Make sure you know the details of the zone you’re building in.  If your project is for the wrong type of business for the area, you risk fines.  The city might even shut the project down.  Furthermore, knowing the details of the zone will help you plan around restrictions, turning them into strengths for your land development.

Landscaping

The landscaping of your property can account for 10% of its value.  If the land you’re developing has space for landscaping on it, you’ll want to make sure it looks appealing.  It also needs to be suitable to the needs of your customer. For that to work, you need to do some planning. You want to consider what your customers will expect from your business and design accordingly.  A well-maintained, visually appealing exterior will send a message to your customers about the way you run your business.

Use the space you have wisely.  As your business grows, you may need to move to another location, or expand on your current one.  If you plan on expanding, then try to think ahead to how your expansions might go.  Design areas to be expanded into.  If you might move, make sure you factor in the resell value of the land. In both cases, you want the land to be easy to modify for different purposes.

Plan Around the Topography

Good planning can save you a lot of money in operation costs over time.  Gravity is one of the most useful tools in design. Sewer and storm water drainage, for example, should always take advantage of gravity if the land allows.  The more you can rely on gravity to convey your waste water, the less you have to spend on pumps and the energy to power those pumps.

You can also use the topography to create focal points that grab the eye of prospective customers.  You can also use it to direct the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. With some good design decisions, you can minimize traffic problems, and solve accessibility problems for your customers.

Use a holistic approach.  You can’t just lay out the features of your land without consideration for how it all fits together.  Without a solid plan, you create a confusing mess that will make customers less likely to return to your business.  Instead, layout your land development plans with the whole in mind.

General ContractorBuilding!

After you’ve got the plan worked out, you’ll need to construct the business itself.  That’s where MW Construction comes in. We’re experts in managing construction projects.  When you’re ready to get started, get in touch with us and see how we can help you.