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Land Development Handbook, Third Edition

Product Code/ISBN: 9780071494373

The Third Edition covers environmental regulations, standards of practice, and LEED certification processes including implementation of sustainable or green design techniques; the use of green technologies with illustrative case studies; comprehensive planning and zoning, and much more!

The First Edition of this handbook was published in 1996. For this version, several of the 41 chapters have been updated, and the order of presentation has been changed to reflect the way issues come up in a project.

There are six sections:

  1. Feasibility and site analysis
  2. Conceptual design
  3. Schematic design
  4. Final design
  5. Plan submission and permitting
  6. Construction

This is a how-to book that aspires to be both extensive and detailed; its table of contents alone runs 13 pages. As the title and cover photo suggest, the authors focus on development of greenfields. The engineering perspective is dominant, and the book's brief mentions of smart growth and new ways of designing feel largely extraneous to the business at hand. Thus, the 51-page chapter on suburban street design devotes two pages to pedestrians, and the list of suggested readings in the chapter on development patterns and principles includes no work published since 1990.

If you're looking for cutting-edge blockbuster coverage of the land development process, the search ends here! Written by one of the nation's premier consulting firms, this new edition delivers up-to-date coverage of planning, engineering, and surveying, all with over 700 illustrations, including diagrams, detailed drawings, plats, and reports generated at the various design stages, as well as charts, tables, and more.

This edition includes:

  • Regulatory changes
  • New data on open space areas for landscape architects
  • Coverage of advances in GPS and GIS technology
  • New perspectives on urban growth
  • Updated case studies, plans, and details

You'll find a thorough description of the design and approval process for residential, commercial, and retail land development projects and access to valuable bottom-line information on:

  • Environmental issues, including erosion and sediment control, storm water management, environmental impact studies and assessments, and water quality
  • Types of local regulations; where to get necessary project approval; what to expect during the process
  • Site analysis and selection criteria for feasibility studies
  • Technical information on the design of suburban infrastructure components such as water treatment and supply systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm drain systems, and roads
  • The complete spectrum of surveying methods, including Global Positioning System Surveys and Geographic Information Systems