Land Development

Developing or improving the use of land, S&ME assists private developers and local municipalities with a wide range of design and planning services. We focus on land development design, including large and small scale land use planning, master development planning, feasibility studies, infrastructure planning and design, and construction document preparation. Our professionals understand the development process and have worked with public agencies to review development plans and advance a project from initial design and permitting through final construction.

Land Planning and Urban Design

We provide a variety of land planning and urban design services. We emphasize the physical attributes of the environment, the cultural and historical forces that shape it, and suggest solutions to improve the quality of life in cities and urban areas. Our professional staff includes landscape architects, urban planners, and civil engineers with the expertise in the design of urban environments, land development, infrastructure design development proformas, and infrastructure improvements.  We have an extensive background addressing critical design issues of land use development within various towns, cities, and sites throughout the U.S. Our multi-disciplined approach allows us to provide a comprehensive perspective in order to effectively respond to development and growth issues.

Our approach to planning is integrated, uniting multiple disciplines within a cohesive team organization. Our professionals build upon local knowledge and resources and apply them to new conditions. We are committed to the ideal that community planning is a powerful tool for positive and sustainable change to create rewarding and enriching built environments that satisfy both individual and community needs concerning living, working and playing. Our services include:

  • Site analysis and project programming
  • Land use analysis
  • Design development
  • Master planning
  • Greenway and trailhead design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Illustrative presentation plans
  • Planting design
  • Plant material selection
  • Irrigation system design
  • Entry monument design
  • Site furniture, screening and buffer design
  • Materials selection and layout
  • Construction documents preparation
  • Site lighting design
  • Construction administration
  • Zoning assistance
  • Detailed opinions of probable cost
  • Permitting assistance
  • ADA compliance

Site Analysis Design

S&ME provides a wide range of site analysis services including initial site selection, environmental impact assessment, feasibility study, due diligence, site survey, and visual assessment. Our analysis focuses on natural and cultural resources by incorporating and weaving them into design elements. We are adept at formulating open space strategies suggesting suitable development approaches. Elements such as topography, soil conditions, view sheds, land use, adjacent infrastructure, and regulatory requirements are analyzed.

We collaborate with our clients to mold the landscape to enhance desirable views, maximize accessibility and end-user enjoyment, and provide aesthetically-pleasing features. We help determine the most appropriate locations for suitable development identifying the interrelationships between design elements.

Master Planning Services

We have extensive experience providing master planning services including site analysis, infrastructure and utility assessment, land development and strategic planning. Our staff is committed to the needs of our clients, local residents, and communities. We have extensive experience conducting community participation workshops on a wide variety of public projects and develop viable, wide-eyed, long-term strategies for cost-effective development. S&ME is able to provide technical expertise to evaluate alternative scenarios, identify problems, and create workable solutions that meet our client’s needs including:

  • Zoning and development regulations
  • Preliminary environmental assessments
  • Existing land uses
  • Potential infill development
  • Traffic conditions