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Subdivide Your Property

If you are a residential or commercial property owner looking to increase the value of your property by subdividing, you will be required to go through an extensive “Land Subdivision” process.

Even for what appears to be a simple project, this process can be complicated and a bit overwhelming!

Greenwood & Moore (G&M) will walk with you through its’ eight-phase development process. We will discuss common California development issues, make you aware of potential pitfalls, and more importantly, we will provide SOLUTIONS to hasten your project through your local municipality’s requirements.

Click here for a flowchart that identifies the 8-phase process:


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Disabled Accessibility - A Headache for Property Owners

disabled accessibilityDisabled accessibility issues are often a major cause of LIABILITY, UNANTICIPATED EXPENSES, and HEADACHES for Property Owners, Developers and Community/Facility Managers.

If you are considering a commercial tenant improvement, remodel or expansion project, you will be required to comply with various State and Federal accessibility requirements.  For these types of projects, accessibility issues are particulary complicated because:

1.  The extent of accessibility upgrades is often unclear at the beginning of the project.

2.  The cost of the accessibility upgrades is often expensive relative to the cost of the proposed remodel.

3.  It is often unclear who is responsible for some of the accessibility upgrades, i.e., either the owner or the tenant.

Contact us to learn more about disabled accessibility compliance requiements.



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Design and Development Approval Process

If you are considering a new commercial, industrial or residential construction project, tenant improvement or expansion, you will be required to go through some type of “Design and Development Approval Process.”  ...And, If you are not familiar with this procedure, it can be a bit overwhelming!

Even for what appears to be a simple project, Local, State and Federal bureaucracy makes the Design and Approval process complicated.  However, by selecting the right design team that will help you understand how the process works, you can greatly increase the chances of success for your project.

Contact us  to learn more.  We are here to help you through the Design and Development Approval Process for your project. 

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Knowledge is Power

knowledge is powerThe old saying that “Knowledge is Power” is true in the design and engineering fields too!

Local, State and Federal bureaucracy makes the Design and Approval process complicated and there is no way around this fact.

One of the best ways to increase the success of a project is to be knowledgeable about the design and approval process.

In order to assist our Clients in this area, we have developed the following flowcharts that illustrate the complexity of the process.

1. Design and Development Process Flowchart

2. Land Subdivision Process Flowchart

3. Land Use (Entitlement) Approval Process Flowchart

4. Tentative Map Approval Process Flowchart 

Please contact us if you are interested in understanding the process for your project.

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Commercial Design and Development = Research • Research • Research! + Preparation of Initial Budget

commercial design and development“Inadequate or incorrect research is probably the single most common cause of frustration, unnecessary design fees and time delays associated with commercial development!”

The goal of providing research as the first step is not to develop a fancy report; instead, it is to offer information that can be used in the preparation of the initial budget. Research – followed by preparing an initial budget – are the two tasks that go hand-in-hand. From a practical standpoint, Developers and Facility Managers require a budget in order to determine the economic viability of their projects.

The first step in the research process is to collect all available data. We will meet with a Developer or a Facility Manager to review existing documentation and discuss the initial goals for the project.  Before we can perform any design work on a project, research must be performed to identify the specific development requirements. Many municipalities throughout the state have similar approval processes; however, the specific development requirements can change substantially from one City/County to the next. This is why it is vitally important that we research the specific development requirements for each particular project.

When our staff performs research for a project, we contact some or all of the following departments/agencies, depending upon the size, complexity and location of the project:  Planning/Zoning Department. Fire Department, Building Department, Public Works Department, Building Department, and other Agencies and Departments as/if required.

Initial Budget
When all of the required research is complete, the initial budget is then preparate.  We have created a Budget Report that will assist you in the preparation of your initial budget.  Contact us to help you prepare your initial budget.

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