Land Development

Your vision. Our engineers.

Every plot of land is unique. The topography, the shape, the availability of utilities, and the jurisdictional restrictions impact the design options for every development site. At CGA, our in-house civil engineers and land surveyors analyze all of these factors in creating a plan to fit your needs.

We’ve created designs for large and small sites all over Iowa, including Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Healthcare, Institutional, Educational, Governmental, Recreational, Agricultural, and Mixed Use. If you’re deciding between multiple site options, we provide crucial information to help you make an informed decision through our decision matrix.

Services Offered

  • Detailed land survey
  • Boundary survey
  • Easement exhibits
  • Land entitlement
  • Re-zoning
  • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
  • LEED certification
  • Site demolition plan
  • Layout plan
  • Utility plan
  • Grading plan
  • Pollution prevention plan
  • Landscaping plan
  • Specifications
  • Stormwater calculations
  • Pavement design
  • Transportation studies
  • Bidding and negotiations of contracts
  • Construction administration (shop drawing review, site visits, observation reports, attendance at construction meetings, and a final walk-through)
  • Construction observation

We are
land experts.

We take care of the details, like land entitlement, so that you can focus on other things. If you need assistance with rezoning, we can help with that, too. We work with government entities in your community to ensure city ordinances are followed, so you don’t have to worry about missing any details. After 60 years of working in communities throughout Iowa, we’re likely already familiar with the regulations in your town.

Our design process is tailored to fit each client. We’ll work with you to identify tasks that fit your project needs up front and with our years of varied experience we have the knowledge to guide you through what you need. Learn more about our Steps Between Concept and Completion. No matter if we are starting from scratch or picking up where you left off, we can deliver.

Contact us today to ensure that your development will be on solid ground.

Step-by-step Process

  • The first step in every project is Due Diligence.  No matter if we are starting from your concept or even another firm’s survey, CGA always walks through our Due Diligence checklist to keep your project on track.
  • CGA will complete or review your conceptual design to identify the ideal placement for roadways, utilities, parking lots, buildings, storm water management facilities, and other infrastructure.  We can provide multiple design options and creative solutions to any challenges the land presents.
  • Using our state-of-the-art equipment, CGA’s surveyors complete topographic survey of the potential site or sites. If needed, a boundary survey is also completed.  The information gathered on site along with utility and property information is compiled to create a background map for use in design.
  • CGA completes the preliminary design with the information gathered in the first three steps and makes needed adjustments.  Our deliverable at the end of this phase can be accompanied by additional exhibits to ensure our design intent is understood.   CGA coordinates with government entities to ensure compliance with all city/county ordinances, complete applications, and attend staff and/or public meetings.
  • The owner and jurisdictional feedback of the Preliminary Plan allows us to refine the final design and construction documents.  Our final documents focus on the details to reduce questions and delays during construction.  The final construction documents include specifications or reference standard specifications to ensure quality products and installation during construction.
  • CGA assists with estimating costs, bidding, and contractor selection.
  • CGA oversees project construction to improve quality and performance for our clients.  This includes anything from products reviews and spot checks to full-time construction observation and administration.
  • CGA performs final walk-throughs and works with the contractor on punch list items for project closeout and acceptance.

Engineering Achievement Award

Read the Case Study on the Grand Crossing Parking Lot here!