As the demand for land continues across the country, land development must work hand-in-hand with regional planning to help prevent sprawl, preserve the environment, and safeguard new properties, residents, and tenants from natural disasters such as flooding or earthquakes. Sustainable development begins with regional planning, and planned development must comply with a district’s regulations. Land development without thoughtful, “big-picture” planning can lead to problems in the future.
What Is Regional Planning?
Regional planning is key to building healthy communities and managing population growth and natural resources. Intelligent and forward-thinking regional planning can also revitalize metropolitan areas suffering from blight and lack of infrastructure.
At the local, state, and federal level, regional planning seeks to determine the most efficient use of large areas of yet-to-be-developed land. Regional planners make sure developers’ plans comply with planning and zoning policies, as well as the building codes and laws of their jurisdiction. Developers may in turn create and propose projects that incorporate and preserve the natural landscape. PinPoint Commercial’s Woodmill Creek project is an example of mixed-use development that preserves the beauty of its surrounding topography while serving the living and transportation needs of its residents.
The requirements for land developers to get approval of a project varies among cities. The process can be confusing and involve several steps. Developers may need to contact any number of municipal, state, and federal agencies to obtain and submit all of the appropriate permits.
Generally speaking, the developers first need to present and get approval of a conceptual or schematic development plan illustrating the area to be developed, the location of land uses, including roads and buildings, and open space. The second step involves the approval of a final development plan prior to applying for and obtaining any necessary building permits.
When the vision and goals of land developers are at odds with regional planning, both the land and its residents suffer. Cypress Creek watershed, the largest in Harris County, is experiencing both the benefits and problems that come with urban development, as the construction of concrete and asphalt surfaces has increased the amount of storm water runoff flowing into the creek. The creek appears on the U.S. EPA’s “Impaired Waters List” due to its high levels of bacteria, which, in addition to storm water, comes from sewage treatment overflows, failing septic systems, and sanitary sewer leaks.
PinPoint Commercial Land Development Services
PinPoint Commercial’s planning and design services include land sourcing, environmental review, and project budgeting. We have over 25 years of real estate and development experience and have created over $600 million in industrial, medical, retail, and senior housing assets. Our inventory of fully developed land encompasses industrial park projects and mixed-use development residential/business projects. Contact us with your questions about aligning your land development needs with regional planning.