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8th Street Gateway Improvements - Altoona, IA

Site Development

Efficient Land Use & Site Development

Our approach to site development is to efficiently provide all of your proposed improvements on the intended property. This approach is built on an extensive understanding of municipality requirements and well-balanced design teams focused on organized, cost-effective site development plans. After an initial meeting with you and the jurisdiction, permit, and zoning requirements are determined before a preliminary site concept plan is developed. This allows us to prepare a plan that meets the initial requirements early in the process and avoid redesign delays based on permit review comments.

Snyder & Associates Site Development Services

Maximizing Property Use & Functionality

A site design that focuses on the proper circulation of pedestrians and motorists is critical to a well-functioning site. Working closely with you and the project architect from the early stages of design onward, we’ll address circulation conflicts and provide design efficiencies that help control development costs and maintain site functions such as:

  • Separating pedestrian and motorist routes where possible
  • Minimizing motorist/pedestrian conflicts in crosswalk areas
  • Eliminating dead-end parking
  • Including double-load drive aisles to maximize parking efficiency


By understanding the land development schedules associated with each municipality, we can guide the project toward the most efficient permitting schedule. Our familiarity with the site planning process coupled with our existing relationships with jurisdiction planners and engineers provides you with a smoother permitting process.

Grading Design

To create a site that drains well and blends with the existing landscape, a grading design, and a stormwater management plan are established for the site development. A 3D site model is prepared to determine cut and fill volumes and communicate effectively with contractors in determining earthwork costs and design alternatives.

Stormwater Management

We recognize that communities have unique and varied water quality requirements. Our team of landscape architects and engineers collaborate on the grading design and stormwater management plan to create a site development that drains and blends with its surroundings. All our constructed projects incorporate best management practices for routing and handling stormwater. Through experience, we’ll identify cost-effective and efficient solutions for your land planning project.

Landscape Design

Landscape design requires the efficient use of land, a selection of low-maintenance plantings and site materials, and the proper design of functional planting areas to enhance the site. By involving one of our landscape architects early on in your project, we can integrate a well-functioning and aesthetically pleasing site into the design.