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Action planning for urban development

High land and construction costs – coupled with limited, undeveloped land – are familiar challenges for most urban developers. And when a lot for re-development is acquired, other issues can significantly impact the project schedule and outcome, potentially costing millions of dollars.

There are many different issues, some of which include:

  • Adjacencies: The site is next to or over critical public infrastructure (tunnels, bridges, highways, rail, air rights, etc.); next to historic or concerned building owners that may see impacts, such as building settlement, because of the new development.
  • Brownfields: The site contains contaminated soil and/or groundwater, and the contamination needs to be remediated to meet regulatory or litigation requirements. Worker safety and future tenant/resident risks may be impacted.
  • Public perceptions/impacts: The development will generate vibration, dust, noise, traffic or shade to the area during construction or in its final condition.
  • Environment: There is the potential for flooding from coastal or rainfall events, for excessive temperatures, or for energy blackouts. The site needs to be accessible and its function sustainable during emergencies.