Land Development

  • McDonald's, Frankfort, KY
     McDonald's, Frankfort, KY
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     Keeneland, Lexington, KY
  • University of Kentucky Soccer Field, Lexington, KY
     University of Kentucky Soccer Field, Lexington, KY

You have a vision for your project and a building site selected – or several sites in mind. What’s next? The land must be prepared and developed for your specific purpose. As you move through this process, you’ll encounter a number of critical land development activities. A site civil engineer is trained to help you through these.

GRW has experience in a number of markets: retail, from restaurants to shopping centers; mixed-use, from college campuses to residential; sports, entertainment, and recreation; equine facilities, from training tracks to barns; and government facilities from streets and sidewalks to correctional facility campuses. 

You may discover environmental factors like wetlands and streams or site specific deed or zoning restrictions. Transportation-related items like driveway locations and allowing for sufficient parking for your project are also likely to arise. Permitting requirements for the local jurisdiction may also present challenges. It may also be necessary to meet with the public or discuss land use issues with adjoining property owners. Utility infrastructure assessment and utility infrastructure design are critical. A methodical and knowledgeable approach to each activity can make all the difference.

GRW’s site civil engineers will help you through each step. A quick run-down of our services:

Service List

Due Diligence/Feasibility Analysis
Before you break ground, let’s make sure your property is ready to go financially, politically – and ultimately suitable for your envisioned development. During this due diligence / feasibility analysis phase GRW will thoroughly investigate all site specific local and state requirements. This process also includes providing you with details about existing utility infrastructure electrical, water and wastewater systems, etc.) available to the project site.

Entitlement / Strategies
Let’s make sure of your rights to fully use the property.

Land Development
If you are redeveloping/repurposing your property or if you want to build something new on a vacant/green site, GRW’s site civil engineers will guide you through the process.

Site Design
Each project site comes with a different set of physical constraints. We’ll work with you to make sure infrastructure such as grading, drainage, utilities, and roads are carefully addressed.

Another upfront step involves taking care to obtain appropriate permits. This process includes paperwork, meetings, and sign offs by various regulatory and government authorities (health, fire, building, environment, etc.). Having knowledgeable engineering professionals at your side can help.

Urban Design
Projects located in urban settings must integrate well with existing local plans, infrastructure, and cultures. This can add a level of complexity; GRW’s site civil engineers can help.

Community Engagement
The more empowered and informed your stakeholders are the better balanced your overall project. We can help you learn more about your options.