Christopher Gutsche, NCARB, Architect, LEED AP

Making News

May 2

Looking for Land? Buyer Be Informed.

Every parcel of land has a history, is a unique place on our planet and dances with the rain, sun, wind, soil and all living things. There is a lot more to consider than the view. Your path is twofold. One path is to explore your dreams, goals and expectations in the context of design. The other path is to explore in depth what it means to build here, both in regard to nature and in regard to government agencies with jurisdiction over the property. Zoning will define what, where and how much you can build. Planning and Land Use will define “critical areas” boundaries and required buffers, as well as storm water management. These can include steep slopes, proximity to streams, wetlands, shorelines, native habitat and much more. Be advised that critical areas and features, such as, an eagle’s nest on adjacent sites can have required buffers that extend into your property. Any of these factors in addition the types of soil may impact septic system design, cost and feasibility. Check out local design ordinances, Zoning, Planning, Comprehensive Plans and the Shoreline Management Plan that define the design parameters for your proposed property. Keep your eye on the prize — a beautiful place for your home — and be fully informed before purchase to avoid unhappily surprises. Ask your real estate agent or architect for help.