Why Hire a Development Planner for Your Construction Project?

If you're developing any large plot of land, such as for a retail site, apartment complex or new subdivision, or will be building a high-rise or large office building, you may want to contract with a development planning company to help you through the process. Their services can make the process much easier on you overall and help you to avoid work stoppages and even added costs for the construction. Note how that is, and what a development planner can do to assist you with your construction project before, and even during, each phase of construction.

Site analysis

Proper site analysis is vital for any construction project, as you need to know if the property needs to be graded or sloped for added drainage, if there are any environmental concerns such as toxic waste or asbestos in the soil or if easements will interfere with your construction plans. A development planner will know what types of analysis your construction project will need. They'll ensure each is done on a timely basis so that you can decide how to best proceed with your project, and they'll get site preparation done in time for the development to continue as scheduled.


A development planner will help with negotiations with suppliers and subcontractors; they will do this before your construction begins and during construction as well. They can ensure that quoted prices and timelines are being adhered to by service providers and vendors and that you are not being overcharged for materials and labour. They can also assist you if there are legal challenges to such charges. They don't work as lawyers to represent you in court, but they can usually offer testimony when it comes to contracts and agreements between you and vendors or service providers.

Permits and inspections

As a developer, you may know that inspections need to be conducted throughout the construction process, and various permits need to be pulled throughout that process as well. Keeping track of those needed inspections and permit applications can be difficult and tedious, but a development planner can assist. They will know what inspections need to be done with each phase of development, what permits you will need and which city or county department handles applications for permits. They will also be able to schedule those inspections to be done on a timely basis and may suggest what additional inspections you might consider, such as for asbestos in the soil or pests in a building that will be torn down before the development begins.