Land Planning

TightLines staff frequently partners with landscape architects during a number of project activities including comprehensive reviews of project zoning, transportation, landscape requirements, topographic maps, subdivision ordinances, and stormwater controls. Architects evaluate and analyze the physical characteristics of sites and existing site improvements including topography and vegetation modifications. Specific site program requirements taken into consideration include lot layouts, road criteria (ROW and pavement width), additional circulation, open and community green space, ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, natural stormwater control measures, and healthy living environment accessibility and universal design.

In a typical consultation, a first phase of work might include initial due diligence, pre-design work and a site visit to meet stakeholders to review the project scope and photograph the property. Latter phased work would include project master planning and schematic design. TightLines also partners with local civil engineers and can coordinate the development of the project executive team. Additionally, our company holds expertise in improved building practices for hurricane and earthquake prone areas and company employees are available for international travel.

Conservation Land Planning

TightLines encourages conservation land planning due to the positive effects it has on human and environmental health, as well as its potential economic benefits.  Conservation land planning is a process whereby planned developments are arranged in a way to maximize shared green or common space, while simultaenously allowing for the optimal number of homes supported by existing market conditions and zoning regulations.

This process allows two seemingly incompatible objectives to be achieved at the same time; protecting natural resources while providing site opportunities. Socially responsible communities value land and its precious resources including agricultural soils, wildlife habitats and scenic attributes. Conservation land planning allows for a respect of both our natural and built environments by protecting these attributes, while allowing for thoughtful built design. Thoughtful design may include siting commercial and residential buildings so they integrate seamlessly into the natural landscape. In addition to its aesthetic and environmental benefits, this technique allows for sustained property values and stable communities.

TightLines incorporates environmental sensitivity into its designs in the form of elements like shared greenways, wooded common areas, protected wetlands and community gardens. The end result of these efforts is a sustainable community that maximizes living density while providing social and environmental benefits to community residents. TightLines President David Maurer is an expert on conservation land planning and regularly provides consulting services regarding its implementation.