Planning
Conceptual Site Plan and Feasibility Study: Used by the client to determine the viability of a project.  The plan is compiled utilizing existing property information such as deeds, plats and aerial topographic surveys.  This type of plan is utilized in the early stages prior to purchasing the property.  This is commonly referred to as a go/no-go situation.  It is a small price to pay before commiting to a large investment to ensure that you can achieve all of your desired objectives.
 
Preliminary Site Plan: Used by the client and design team to refine the project parameters to meet specific client goals and objectives.  This plan will utilize current field survey data as a basis for all future design elements.  This plan will go through several iterations until client and design team are satisfied the plan has achieved a optimum and sustainable design for the property.  This plan will also be used to acquire all necessary permits for the project prior to any onsite construction.
 
Final Site Plan: Used by the design team and contractors to aid in building the project.  This plan can also be utilized by the marketing and sales team in advertising literature and media to promote the project to prospective buyers.
 
No-Rise Study and Certification: An engineering study and analysis of hydraulic and hydrologic data to determine if the construction of a project in a regulatory floodway will increase flood heights.  This study is a federally mandated requirement for any project in a floodway and must be reviewed and approved by the local regulatory floodplain administrator prior to issuance of any construction permits.  If the analysis concludes that the flood heights will increase due to the construction, then the study must show all proposed mitigation elements that will be utilized in order to keep the flood heights from increasing; thus the term "No-Rise".  The need for a No-Rise Study and Certification will be discovered during the conceptual planning and feasibility study phase of the project.  This study and certification should be conducted as early in the design process as possible in order to fully account for all mitigation factors and costs in the project scope and budget.
 
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment: This is often referred to as "environmental due diligence," is utilized by purchasers and lenders to evaluate a property for potential environmental contamination and to assess the potential liability for contamination present at the property.  Commercial real estate purchasers and their lenders require Phase 1 environmental site assessments when arranging a property loan, just as they require a title search.  Only those purchasers who rigorously follow the "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule" prior to purchase may benefit from the CERCLA innocent landowner, bona fide purchaser or contiguous landowner liability exemption.  All procedures are conducted in accordance with ASTM E 1527-05 standards. 
 
FEMA Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR): This is FEMA's letter of comments concerning a proposed project that would affect the hydrologic or hydraulic characteristics of a flooding source and thus result in the modification of the existing regulatory floodway, the effective Base Flood Elevations (BFE's) or the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).  The letter does not revise the effective National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood map, it only indicates whether the project, if built as proposed, would be recognized by FEMA.  Once a project has been completed, an "as-built" certification and other data must be submitted to FEMA to support the request for a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) of the current flood map.
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