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Land Development Series: Step 5

December 18, 2023

Infrastructure Development

After you have completed the previous 4 steps that we have covered already (Economic Feasibility Study and Site Assessment, Acquisition and Financing, Conceptualization and Design, and Zoning, Subdivision, Land Development, and other Ordinances), the next step is preparing the site for construction. This preparation iinvolves developing necessary infrastructure such as roads, utility connections, sewage systems, and drainage, and sets the foundation for the commercial development and ensures that it is accessible and functional.

Here are the steps most often involved in the process of developing supporting infrastructure: 

  • Land Grading and Preparation:

    • Prepare the land by clearing vegetation, grading the terrain, and addressing any soil or geological issues.

    • Install erosion control measures to protect the site during construction.

  • Infrastructure Construction:

    • Implement the infrastructure components according to the approved design and construction plans.

    • Coordinate with contractors and subcontractors to ensure the work is completed efficiently and within budget.

  • Quality Control and Inspections:

    • Conduct regular inspections to ensure that construction meets quality standards and adheres to the approved plans.

    • Address any issues or deviations promptly to avoid delays and cost overruns.

  • Utilities Installation:

    • Install water, sewer, electrical, and telecommunication utilities as per the project requirements.

    • Coordinate with utility providers and regulatory agencies to ensure compliance.

  • Road Construction:

    • Build roads and access points to facilitate transportation within the development.

    • Consider factors such as traffic flow, safety, and connectivity to surrounding areas.

  • Landscaping and Amenities:

    • Incorporate landscaping and amenities to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the development.

    • Consider green spaces, recreational areas, and community facilities.

As with the other steps, it is important throughout the entire process to have effective communication with stakeholders, attention to detail, and adherence to timelines and budgets for a successful commercial land development project. Next week we will look at an exciting step, and is the part that many of us envision when we talk about land development – construction!