Define the initial project goals and development program. Understand opportunities, implications, and effects of the local jurisdiction’s entitlement components, such as the following as applicable: Comprehensive/Growth Management Plan (Future Land Use Designation), Zoning District with design criteria, Overlay Districts, Conditional Uses, Variances, Joint Planning Areas, Special Districts, and any other relevant planning processes/constraints. With a holistic understanding completed, Appian outlines the entitlements strategy with schedule moving forward as the overall horizontal team leader.
Identify other required entitlement/design/permitting professional disciplines (team members) such as legal, survey, environmental (ESA/Wetlands/Species), geotechnical, traffic/transportation, landscape architecture, structural, etc.; aid client in defining their scopes, acquiring their proposals, consultant selection, and timely coordination of needed deliverables.
Identify existing conditions constraints, regulatory agencies having jurisdiction (AHJ) and their correlated design criteria, outline allowable/proposed densities and/or intensities, identify vehicular/pedestrian access points and stormwater management location opportunities, create efficient site plan(s) that maximize yield and utilization while minimizing costs, and refine the development program/goals accordingly.
Outline concurrency requirements (traffic, schools, etc.), utility availability/capacity/adequacy, conduct initial utility and stormwater management calculations, etc.; adjust, optimize, and refine the site plan / development program as needed emphasizing earthwork mass balance and value engineering.
Finalize horizontal construction documents, plans, calculations, and permitting for AHJ such as: local municipality/city/county, water management district, Florida Department of Environmental Projection (FDEP), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Army Corps. of Engineers (ACOE), railroad crossings, and utility providers.
Assist Client in bidding/site contractor selection, pre-construction requirements/meetings, provide shop drawing review/approvals, perform site inspections for conformance to approved plans, review pay requests, promptly respond to contractor’s Requests for Additional Information (RFI’s), aid in as-built record drawings, clearances, and final acceptance/certifications from AHJ.
As a result of our proven track record, we are well respected by governmental staffs and elected officials. These relationships enhance project related governmental associations regarding the overall development approval processes of properties throughout Florida. Examples include multiple cases of successful representation involving comprehensive planning future land use amendments, rezoning, planned developments, special exceptions, variances, conditional use permits, assisting in development agreements, development orders, annexation agreements, and concurrency approvals in the areas of school capacity, transportation, and utilities as well as other permitting/entitlement issues in numerous jurisdictions including past work with Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs).
Appian has worked on several owner/end user statewide roll out programs and is very familiar with that process and as a result has established an in depth understanding of the permitting processes and value of staff relationships throughout the state.
Horizontal Program Leader
As your Horizontal Program Leader, Appian will coordinate with the architect (vertical team lead) and focus on site selection/evaluation, conceptual plan yields, due diligence, scheduling, entitlements, final design, permitting, construction administration support services, and final certifications, all while directing/managing the other required horizontal consultants.
It is important to note that we pride ourselves on meeting demanding deadlines with the staff capacity to achieve these goals.
A benefit to our longevity in the Greater Orlando metropolitan area market is our deep rooted and established relationships with owners and brokers providing early access to land opportunities often prior to open market listing.
As Appian is physically located in the core of this market, Appian has an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the key surrounding submarkets.
Even though the Greater Orlando metropolitan area market is defined to consist of the counties (and incorporated cities within) of Lake, Orange (including Orlando), Osceola, and Seminole; Appian’ “sandbox” expertise extends to the surrounding submarkets and cities within Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Polk, and Sumter Counties.