Land Planning... what is the process?

We begin the process by thoroughly evaluating the project site, its environs, and ecosystem, then we mesh the site's physical, aesthetic, and cultural attributes with the functional needs and the economics of the development market. Next, we develop preliminary design studies that graphically depict existing and proposed land uses, facilities, and functions.

Gallery of Land Planning Projects

A drawing of the process of building a house.
Land Planning Diagram

The final stage of Land Planning relies on the use of the creative design concepts developed earlier in the process, combined with effective problem-solving solutions and revisions.

"Exploration of the landscape of our imagination serves to foster the inspired planning of the environment in which we live and play." ...Rebecca Solnit, American Writer

A drawing of the lake and trees in the background.
Sketch of a proposed community lakefront.
A map of the land with many different colors.
Physiographic Map of Oak Ridge Laboratory.
A 3 d image of an urban area with trees.
A typical computer-generated perspective created to quickly depict a land planning scheme.

Gallery of Environmental Design Projects

We balance the project's design criteria, man-made resources, and site load-capacity with the protection of the site's sensitive environs.

Environmental Design... what is it?

It's the method of addressing all aspects of the environment and the surrounding physical attributes of a site during the preparation of Site Development & Land Management Plans. It encompasses proven methods appropriate to the development of the human-designed environment and is successful when synergy exists between a building, a structure, or other entities, all integrated through ecological & sustainable design practices so as to function more effectively with minimal site damage and expense.

Two women sitting on a bench in the middle of a park.
A rendering of the resort complex with a lake.
A garden with bushes and flowers in front of a building.

Environmental Design practices serve as the template to unite the artificial built environment with the site's natural features in a manner that protects forests, wetlands, floodplains, and waterways, aids in erosion and storm-water control, and preserves limited site resources. An ecological design process is a vital tool that minimizes environmentally-destructive impact by integrating itself with the site's natural resources, its bio-processes, and the long-term sustainability of facilities and functions.