Land Planning & Design

Site Development in the Mountains Requires Expertise

Without proper planning and assistance site development in the mountains can be difficult and needlessly expensive. We live and work in a highly desirable area where land is often purchased impulsively and without adequate inquiry regarding soils, grades, drainage, climates, access, invasive plants etc. To compound these issues, many property owners are unaware of stringent permitting that necessitates geotechnical certification, grading plans and specific site development and architectural guidelines. Add to this HOA bylaws, and starting a home construction project in the mountains can seem almost impossible.

Our property assessment services provide many of the necessary tools you will need for investigating, negotiating sales or purchases and improving your property. Our services are affordable and can be tailored to your individual needs, rural or urban, specific or informal. From digital mapping and aerial photography to timber and soil assessments to historical research, we provide resources to help you move forward confidently. We can also provide you with reputable engineers, architects and builders, as well as linking you with appropriate municipal and state agencies.

Good Land Planning Means Great Cost Savings

Formal land planning encourages you to visualize your property and organize multi-stage goals in a systematic way. Good land planning allows you to view your property and its attributes from a variety of perspectives, from site development to recreational space, from habitat to resource management.

Our unique approach, Integrated Land Management, invites you into the planning process and helps you visualize your project as complete before you initiate impacts with major financial and environmental consequences.

Rural Land Requires Long-Term Planning

Many of our clients are leaving urban environments and require help transitioning to their new rural lives. Purchasing and managing tracts of land 5, 10, or even a 100 times larger than their former properties can be daunting and expensive. Simple mistakes in things as basic as pasture fencing, barn or road placement or pond building can quickly exhaust a budget, as well as create long-term management and environmental issues. It’s our goal to help you realistically plan for long-term success and avoid common mistakes. By guiding you through the basics of Integrated Land Management and connecting you with important resources you gain confidence and elevate your land management IQ.

Good Land Planning Ensures Greater Future Success

V&V provides site design, digital mapping, timber assessments, soil and watershed analysis, aerial photography, historical research and old fashioned “boots on the ground” investigation. We will help you truly get a feel for a particular property and its unique attributes.

Budgeting becomes more important on larger acreages.

Visualization and planning tools are essential to success. Once a broad understanding of your land and project is achieved we can help you move forward by providing expert forestry and agricultural assistance as well as complete site development and project management. We can help you begin and complete your project smoothly, without the delays, mistakes, stress and cost overruns that plague much of the site work in our field.

Good Land Planning is Good Land Stewardship

We work and live in one of the world's most abundant and fragile bio-regions. Landowners of the future will take greater responsibility for the choices they make, as these small decisions ultimately create larger impacts which affect us all, just as polluted streams equal polluted rivers. Poor land planning ALWAYS costs more.

The expansion of regulatory bodies and structures, as well as their associated costs, are the direct result of poor landowner education and stewardship. Sadly, they are not as effective as good initial education and planning. Poor land planning literally “breaks the bank.” From badly sited roads and homes to devastating timber harvests, failing walls to incorrect pond construction, we’ve seen it all. All of it is expensive, difficult to fix and constitutes poor stewardship and inadequate planning.

First of all I would like to THANK YOU very much! John was great to deal with and the man who did the physical work was very kind as well! I appreciate the way you folks stepped up to help me so quickly! A beautiful job – well done and done with kindness! Rare these days for sure! I will always highly recommend your company to any and all in need of your services!

Blessings to you and all of yours!

- A happy and satisfied customer!
Candler, NC • July 2014