Due Diligence

“Prior to any design, it is prudent to conduct an analysis of limitations and restrictions imposed by local or jurisdictional regulations.”


This analysis is referred to as Due Diligence and can be conducted to varying degrees. As a minimum, we recommend the following steps prior to investment of the homeowner’s budget or designer’s time. This helps to ensure that the homeowner’s vision is realistic and feasible.

Work to be completed: Contractor will conduct Due Diligence to determine the feasibility of a development project by conducting an initial interactive review of the customer’s plans, ideas and requirements.

We will review the customer’s requirements and provide tools to assist in determining their goals and budget. We will provide Customer Selection and Customer Budget checklists and walk you through the selection and budgeting process.

We utilize the information developed during this interactive phase to develop a concept with which we conduct a review of current zoning and other applicable regulations. The analysis includes an estimate of budgetary items to enable to customer to develop their overall budget for the project and make prudent decisions on property and aspects of design.

Specific components of Due Diligence are outlined below.

  • Tax map review of specific lot
  • Zoning map review for determination of zoning and applicable uses
  • Code review of bulk zoning requirements to include but not limited to; setbacks, area, coverage, FAR and parking requirements.
  • Ordinance review to determine applicable permit, application and connection fees.
  • Limited conceptual layout to determine feasibility of site plan
  • Review of applicable stormwater management requirements and potential affect on budget

Deliverable services from the Due Diligence process:

  • Conceptual Site Layout indicating building footprint, proposed parking with applicable setbacks.
  • Comprehensive Zoning Analysis
  • Estimate of Probable Cost to include; design, site, building, application and permitting
  • Recommendations on building design and layout based on Due Diligence findings.

Information generally provided by Customer:

  • All available information of the subject property
  • Specific building requirements to include; total area desired, areas of specific uses within the subject building, specific personnel, and if applicable, customer and employee requirements
  • Available information regarding encumbrances or easements affecting development of the tract, specifically access, stormwater and/or utilities.

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