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Land Development Handbook [Hardcover]

by Dewberry & Davis
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June 18, 2008 0071494375 978-0071494373 3

The Definitive Guide to Land Development-Every Detail, Every Issue, Every Setting

Land Development Handbook provides a step-by-step approach to any type of project, from rural greenfield development to suburban infill to urban redevelopment. With the latest information regarding green technologies and design, the book offers you a comprehensive look at the land-development process as a whole, as well as a thorough view of individual disciplines. Plus, a bonus color insert reveals the extent to which land development projects are transforming our communities!

This all-in-one guide provides in-depth coverage of:

  • Environmental issues from erosion and sediment control and stormwater management to current regulatory controls for plan approval, permitting, and green building certification
  • Comprehensive planning and zoning including new development models for mixed-use, transit-oriented, and conservation developments
  • Enhanced approaches to community and political consensus building
  • Technical design procedures for infrastructure components including roads and utilities with a new section on dry utilities
  • Surveying tools and techniques focusing on the use of GPS and GIS to collect, present, and preserve data throughout the design process
  • Plan preparation, submission, and processing with an emphasis on technologies available-from CAD modeling and design to electronic submissions, permit processing, and tracking

Subjects include:

  • Planning and zoning
  • Real Property Law
  • Engineering Feasibility
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Rezoning
  • Conceptual and Schematic Design
  • Development Patterns
  • Control, Boundary, and Topographical Surveys
  • Historic Assessment and Preservation
  • Street and Utility Design
  • Floodplain Studies
  • Grading and Earthwork
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Cost Estimating
  • Subdivision Process
  • Plan Submittals
  • Stormwater Management
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • And much more!

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Editorial Reviews


How to develop. "Forty years ago, for a typical suburban house, the cost of engineering, planning, and surveying, including fees paid to agencies, was about the cost of a refrigerator today. Today it is probably greater than the total cost of all of kitchen and other electronic appliances combined." So write Sidney Dewberry and Dennis Couture in the overview chapter that introduces the mammoth second edition of the Land Development Handbook: Planning, Engineering, and Surveying (2002; McGraw-Hill; 1,124 pp.; $150). A development and consulting firm, the Dewberry Companies, is listed as author, which seems appropriate since most of the 26 editors and contributing authors are employees of the firm.

The first edition of this handbook was published in 1996. For this version, several of the 41 chapters have been updated, and the order of presentation has been changed to reflect the way issues come up in a project. There are six sections: feasibility and site analysis, conceptual design, schematic design, final design, plan submission and permitting, and construction. This is a how-to book that aspires to be both extensive and detailed; its table of contents alone runs 13 pages.

As the title and cover photo suggest, the authors focus on development of greenfields. The engineering perspective is dominant, and the book's brief mentions of smart growth and new ways of designing feel largely extraneous to the business at hand. Thus, the 51-page chapter on suburban street design devotes two pages to pedestrians, and the list of suggested readings in the chapter on development patterns and principles includes no work published since 1990. (Planning Magazine 2003-09-01) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover


Once a relatively simple matter, land development has today become a complicated art and science unto itself, and one that has wide implications for entire urban economies. The many factors involved are enough the challenge the savviest engineer, planner, surveyor, architect, attorney, developer¿or any professional who must navigate the confusing maze the land development process has become.

Written by one of the nation's premier consulting firms, this new edition delivers up-to-date coverage of planning, engineering, and surveying . . . all with over 700 illustrations, including diagrams, detailed drawings, plats, and reports generated at the various design stages, as well as charts, tables, and more. You'll find a thorough description of the design and approval process for residential, commercial, and retail land development projects and access to valuable bottom-line information on:
* Environmental issues, including erosion and sediment control, storm water management, environmental impact studies and assessments, and water quality
* Types of local regulations; where to get necessary project approval; what to expect during the process
* Site analysis and selection criteria for feasibility studies
* Technical information on the design of suburban infrastructure components such as water treatment and supply systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm drain systems, and roads
* The complete spectrum of surveying methods, including Global Positioning System Surveys and Geographic Information Systems


If you're looking for cutting-edge blockbuster coverage of the land development process, the search ends here.

* Regulation changes by FEMA, EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and more
* New data on open space areas for landscape architects
* Coverage of the latest advances in GPS and GIS technology
* New perspectives on urban growth (Smart Growth as well as updated Development Types)
* Updated case studies, plans, and details --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Land Development Handbook
  • Hardcover: 1135 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition (June 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071494375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071494373
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Pub July 4, 2002
By A Customer
Ever since I purchased this publication I can't stop using it. Every civil engineer should have this as part of their reference library, regardless of your area of specialty. It provides macro to micro scale explanations of general processes, design applications, etc in a very readable format. More times than I can remember I have looked to this book for an answer or at least for some guidance and was throuroughly satisfied. No it is not a definitive reference for civil engineers but its' breadth and usability overshadows any technical shortcomings. If I had to have just one reference book for my area of practice (general civil), this would be it. Yeah, yeah, the "Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers" is a more definitive reference, but I usually find out what I need in this pub.
ps - Almost everyone of my fellow employees that has used the book has purchased their own, find someone you know who has a copy and check it out for yourself.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference for engineers at all levels. August 23, 1998
By A Customer
The book is thorough in its presentation of every aspect of land development. It examines the intricacies involved in a project from planning to engineering to construction stakeout. The authors apply all this knowledge in a Case Study of an actual development which they planned and designed. Numerous graphics, tables and charts were employed to reinforces the information in the text.
Obviously some of the design information will not be applicable to the entire country. However the authors do suggest where locally relevent design information can be found.
Overall, I found the book very informative, easily read and well organized.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is the first book that really reflects and addresses most of the "everyday" issues encountered in site design and land development. It has a practical application and includes most of the charts, tables and nomographs that are necessary to complete a given design procedure. It also provides very appropriate and helpful examples.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good all-around reference February 29, 2004
I primarily work as a structural-architectural engineer and am becoming more and more involved in civil-site work. This handbook is exactly what I was looking for in terms of something that would quickly get me "up to speed" in the fundamentals of civil-site design.
Of course, no single book could (or should) be thought of as a substitute for the experience and mentoring received from seasoned professionals in a design office, but this one has enough technical explanation and details to get you going with confidence.
I choose this one over the Colley book (reviewed both before making purchase) as Land Development Handbook has more of the technical info that engineers would seek.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn a lot May 12, 2007
As a novice developer, this book put me on the right track without all the confusion and terms I would have never understood. It was simple to understand and after reading it, I felt like I knew a lot more. Very interesting and satisfying. Great reference guide all the way around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide from start to finish July 24, 2007
As a general civil engineer in private practice this book has provided a good overview on the more abstract side of land development including financing, rezoning, and public involvement. All of which, are topics that typical engineers strugle with as it is not the enjoyable aspect of what engineers are trained to do. Nevertheless, these abstract components are just as real as the plans we develop. Of course, the book is excellent for hands on design and calculation support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars winner November 5, 2007
By paul
very resourceful and informative.
highly suggest this book if land development is new, or even want something for reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Landscape Construction Book August 26, 2008
By Giant
This is a good reference book, filled with useful texts and details. However, it could be a little more compact and more organize in terms of using section and sub-section to sort things out. That way, it's easier and faster for readers to reference and/or looking up certain topics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I got this book because my doctor want me to do so. this is my first time to buy books in amazon. this book is neat and clean. like new. not used. but i pay the used price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nan Yang
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
This is a practical handbook for Civil Engineers who are interested in Land Development. In-depth technical aspects are also covered.
Published 8 months ago by Hua Wang
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
Excellent material for an important and over-looked aspect of the field. As a Civil E.I.T. it has proven to be useful.
Published on January 21, 2012 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have for the civil engineer's library
Buy this book if you are a general civil engineer, even if you do not practice land development, it includes a vast swath of useful information on a variety of projects and topics.
Published on February 22, 2011 by C. Rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Shape!
The book was in great shape and the information written in the book helped a lot
Published on February 23, 2010 by Justin Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars land development
This is a thorough and comprehensive handbook for anyone contemplating a serious task in land development
Published on January 30, 2010 by Douglas Purvance
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow!
I am in a class at Community College of Baltimore County and we are using this book at this time. Our whole class along with the Professor find this book to be very difficult to... Read more
Published on December 15, 2003
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