Q. Can WESI provide all the services I need to complete a development?

Most of the time, surveying and engineering is all the consulting needed to finish a development. Sometimes a wetland biologist, geo-tech, structural or traffic engineer may be needed on a project. If so, we can generally let you know before a project is started and provide references.

Q. How much does feasibility study cost for development of property?

Usually about 30 minutes of research on a piece of property can give you an idea of what can be done. (first 30 minutes are free)
The cost of an in depth feasibility will depend on how much information you are looking for (i.e. conceptual lot/unit layout, drainage/detention design, sewer design, cost of construction, etc.)

Q. What are typical triggers for needing construction or engineering plans?

Most new development will require construction plans signed by a licensed engineer if proposing more than 2,000 sf of impervious areas (i.e. gravel, asphalt, concrete, roof areas, etc.), more than 7,000 sf of clearing, more than 100 cubic yards of cut or fill, or any development located in critical areas.

Due to complexity of most requirements, some projects may require engineering below these amounts depending on how knowledgeable the contractor or architect is with the jurisdictional requirements.

Q. How long do subdivisions take to complete?

Depends on jurisdiction, scope of project and length of time to complete site improvements. Average range is about 2 years, although some can be done in as little as 14 months and others can take up to 5 years.

Q. What are the steps to complete a subdivision?

  • Initial research to determine what may be the governing factors that will dictate how the subdivision is designed (i.e. jurisdiction location, existing sewer location, steep slopes, critical areas, topography, traffic studies, etc.)
  • Boundary and Topographic Survey for design
  • Preliminary Plat or Short Plat Review &Approval with jurisdiction
  • Public Hearing (if needed for rezone, plat, new public roads, etc.)
  • Construction/Civil Plan Design Review&Approval
  • Site Improvement installation for future lots/houses (i.e. frontage improvements, drainage, sewer and water connections, private roads, clearing and grading)
  • Complete As-Built plans for review & approval with jurisdictions and utility districts
  • Complete Final Plat or Short Plat drawings for review & approval by jurisdiction (includes setting new lot corners)
  • Record Final Plat or Short Plat


Short Plat Process