Getting into property development is a great way to maximise the use and potential profit on any given piece of land. Developments can be for anything from housing to roads or shops and other facilities, but with any project, it’s important to consider the size, location and topography of your land to help determine its feasibility. With each of these steps, engaging planners, surveyors or engineers may be required, so here’s an overview of what you can expect.
Generally speaking, the larger your site means that more money will be required to develop it, however, that usually results in more profit. One thing that isn’t always considered though, is that larger sites have a greater potential environmental impact, and that impact needs to be factored or mitigated in the planning stages of your project. Your local council’s district plan will dictate a lot of the environmental requirements (which we’ll go over in more detail), but while the size of your site must not only accommodate what you want to construct on it, you may also need to accommodate extra amenities and infrastructure.
The location of your site will tell you a lot about what can and can’t be constructed there. Your local council’s district plan contains detailed information on the density of houses in certain areas, and they will be able to tell you whether existing roads or other infrastructures such as sewer and water are available. Experts in working with councils when it comes to this initial stage of a project, a planner will be able to help you identify what may already exist or be planned, or how everyone can work to develop something that will benefit the community.
Here in Christchurch, we’re lucky due to the fact our city is relatively flat. But even if your site isn’t hilly or somewhere that is naturally wetter where water collects or flows you’ll need to engage a surveyor and an engineer to plan around natural features that account for amenities and infrastructure to maximise your space and provide a topographical plan essential for resource consent application.
At Baseline Group we have a full team of planners, surveyors and engineers that experts in their fields. As full-service development specialists, we’re able to assist your project from day one under roof, providing a seamless experience from concept to construction. For any questions about your next development, feel free to get in touch.