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Pre-Planning Essentials for Successful Construction

Updated: Jul 2



In lesson seven of our "Scaling Success" series, Joe Amedo, our knowledgeable Project Manager, delves deeper into the essential steps of pre-planning a construction build. This lesson is critical for anyone in the field looking to streamline their construction process and ensure compliance with all local regulations. Joe focuses on three key aspects: property setbacks, easements, and zoning—each fundamental to laying the groundwork for a smooth project execution.


Zoning Laws and Regulations

Joe begins the session by pointing out zoning, which regulates land use and design within specific areas. Joe explains how zoning laws impact various aspects of construction, from the height of the front door in relation to the road, to how close a structure can be to adjacent and perpendicular homes. Knowing your zone can drastically affect your build strategy, from concept to construction. He stresses the importance of early zoning research and being familiar with local and state codes to keep the project aligned with local regulations.


Understanding Property Setbacks

Joe continues by explaining the concept of property setbacks, which are crucial for determining the permissible distance between the property line and the structure. He illustrates how proper knowledge of setback requirements is essential not only for legal compliance but also for maximizing the use of land while respecting boundary limitations. Setbacks are not just regulatory limits; they present opportunities to design creatively within defined spaces.


Navigating Easements

He also tackles the topic of easements, which are rights to use the property of another without owning it, typically for utilities and access. Understanding easements is vital for construction planning as they affect where certain parts of a building can be placed. Joe provides practical tips on how to identify easements early in the planning process and how to design around them effectively to avoid future legal disputes and logistical problems.


Interactive Learning and Real-World Application

Throughout the lesson, Joe uses interactive scenarios and real-world examples to demonstrate how setbacks, easements, and zoning can be managed effectively during the pre-planning stages of a project. This hands-on approach helps learners understand not just the theoretical aspects of these topics, but also their practical applications.


The Bigger Picture

Joe concludes the lesson by emphasizing that understanding these pre-planning elements is crucial for avoiding costly mistakes and delays. "The more thorough your pre-planning, the smoother the build.


Continuing Education

As the "Scaling Success" series progresses, each lesson builds on the last, equipping RWB’s team with the skills necessary to tackle complex construction challenges. Follow our blog for updates and join us as we build a foundation of knowledge that’s as strong as the structures we create.


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