Subdivision design has evolved through the years. From suburban cookie cutter communities to large estates on even larger lots, the concept of subdivision design revolves around what will make the largest profit for the development group. The market crash of 2008 significantly changed the subdivision design process. Almost no new subdivision work has been completed for the last 10 years. As the market is starting to come around so are subdivisions. However, the results of the recession have left buyers more cautious and more frugal in their spending decisions. Builders as a result are sitting on funds and trying to figure out how to provide a product that will sell.
The simple answer is: more concentration will result in higher profits as the site development costs get spread out to more units. As a result, townhouse, condo, and other attached single family developments are prominently making their way to the top of the list for developers. Smaller footprint, and maintenance free living, are enticing to both baby boomers and millennials. In terms of civil design, it means finding novel ways of approaching stormwater storage and best management practice methods. We at Polena Engineering, LLC are continuously seeking to learn new and innovative methods to address the stormwater design needs of our clients. Whether a subdivision or single family home, we will work with you to figure out the best and most cost efficient design for your specific property.