Land planning is an exciting and important profession—but what exactly does a land planner do? How do you become a land planner? What does the process of land planning look like? If you have ever wondered about these topics, then you have come to the right place!
The team at Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc. often fields questions from potential clients about how our services work. With this in mind, we have put together this handy guide answering some of the questions we most frequently answer. Read on for everything you need to know about land planning in Columbus, GA.
What is land planning?
At its most basic, land planning simply means making plans to develop buildings, sidewalks, open spaces, roads—basically, anything that you can do with undeveloped land. But a skilled land planner will not just make their plans in a vacuum; they will use planning concepts, skills like surveying and cutting-edge technology to ensure a plan that is sustainable and well thought out. Just like a good chef plans her meal before turning on the stove, a quality land planner will have a vision laid out long before construction begins.
How do you qualify as a land planner?
There is no absolute necessity to have any particular education or training in order to call yourself a land planner. However, the best land planning service providers are trained and experienced as land surveyors and professional engineers, and both of those do require certification. If a land planning service seems short on these bona fides, it’s a good idea to keep looking.
Who offers land planning?
Typically, land surveyors and civil engineers will include land planning as part of their offered services. This is because a survey is often the first step to developing unused land, and a civil engineer cannot execute their vision unless they have a solid land use plan. So, it just makes sense for these companies to include land planning, so you don’t have to hire multiple people for the job.
How does a land planner know what they can and can’t do?
Land planners rely on their surveying skills and general civil engineering knowledge to know what is and is not legal or possible to build on a given piece of property. For example, you might want to build a dense apartment complex, but if you don’t have the land integrity or the property isn’t zoned for dense housing, then your land planner will see that and let you know the alternatives.
How do I find the best possible land planner?
If you want to find the best land planner, first look for one that has experience in land surveying and civil engineering. Then, look for things like experience, versatility and use of advanced technology.
The team at Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc. is proud to have been offering quality land planning in Columbus, GA since 1946. If you would like to learn more about land planning and the other services we offer, please give us a call for more information today.