Do you have a violation on your property preventing you from beginning a development project? Have you been denied a permit to move forward with your proposed building or development process? Has your project been halted mid-development for a supposed violation of code or regulation? If a local government agency has stopped you from completing your project, it can result in costly delays and other expenses, not to mention a major hassle for you and your team. Getting your project started again, or negotiating with the necessary agencies to get it underway is essential to avoiding potential delays and additional cost.
Topics: structural engineering
At Hogan Land Services, we specialize in a range of different civil engineering services, including grading and drainage design. Working with property owners, developers, and various agency regulations, we help plan and implement systems that help with stormwater management. But what precisely does a stormwater management plan entail, and why does every property need one? Read on to learn more about stormwater runoff and the stormwater solutions that we provide.
Topics: stormwater management
Whether you’re remodeling your home, adding a new accessory dwelling unit or developing a lot from scratch, the subject of onsite wastewater treatment and disposal—also known as the septic system—is going to play a key role in the scope of the project. Quite often, big plans for development are suddenly changed in size or location when the parcel’s capacity for septic disposal is not considered. The fact is, septic disposal capacity on a parcel is the driving factor to what can be built on it.
A Record of Survey is an official map that documents the evidence and procedures used by a licensed land surveyor to determine a boundary, and shows the new monuments set to demarcate that boundary in the physical world. At the conclusion of the Record of Survey process, the Record of Survey is submitted to the County Surveyor’s Office (for review) and then filed with County Recorder’s Office (for permanent recordation). The boundary lines delineated on the Record of Survey are the generally accepted boundaries for use in design documents and for building new fences. In addition, a Record of Survey can include details about any easements that affect the property.
If you live in an area that is at risk of earthquakes or other seismic activity, then it is important to make sure that your home is built to withstand such potential threats. A structural home inspection or evaluation can assist in determining whether your home meets Building Code requirements criteria for seismic bracing.
As a full-service land development company based in Santa Rosa, California, our team at Hogan Land Services works extensively with clients whose homes are situated in seismic hot spots. Here are seven of the questions that we receive most frequently from customers enquiring about our structural home inspection and evaluation services
Topics: structural engineering
A topographical survey (or topo survey) is a survey meant to chart the contours and features of a relatively small piece of land. Often, real estate developers, project designers, or construction teams will use topographical surveying to create a design for a new development. To build a house, a road, a commercial building, or any other type of structure, the construction teams need to know what features might affect their project—such as hills, existing buildings or roads, streets, utility lines, sidewalks or walkways, easements, and property boundaries. All these elements and others are included on a topographical survey. Depending on the details of your project, sometimes a Record of Survey is required to be prepared to show the boundary of the parcel.
Topics: topographic surveys
In many situations, land markers, such as fences, walls, or even hedges, help homeowners understand where the boundary of their property is. However, it’s not always so easy to tell exactly where your boundaries are, in which case you may need the services of a licensed land surveyor. If you intend to erect a new fence, sell your home, or settle a boundary dispute, professional surveyors can identify the legal boundaries of your land using the latest technology and equipment. Before you hire surveyors, you might be interested in learning more about what factors affect the total cost as well as how the professionals ensure accuracy and precision.
Topics: boundary surveys
Topographic surveys are typically a first step in any construction or development project. If you're involved in a project or transaction where a topographic survey is needed, it’s important to educate yourself on the subject. Below we discuss everything you need to know about topographic surveying.
Topics: land surveying