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Mitigating Conflict When Developing Land

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Changing the purpose or function of a piece of land can help to make that tract more useful. Unfortunately, these changes can often be met with opposition by parties who hold conflicting views. In order to ensure that conflicts don't interfere with the timeline of a construction project, planners must be prepared to mitigate these conflicts before they arise.

Here are two tips that your construction company can use to help mitigate potential land-use conflicts before starting your next major project.

1. Make sure the physical attributes of the land match the desired use.

When it comes to ensuring the success of any construction project, the physical attributes of the land can be a major factor. Although the topography and layout of a tract of land can be altered to meet your project's needs, these alterations will take time and money to complete.

Be sure that you are communicating any potential problems the physical attributes of the land could cause to parties interested in seeing your project through to completion. Being up-front about the limitations posed by the topography of the land and outlining any special measures that will need to be taken to work around these limitation will help you avoid springing unforeseen conflict-causing costs on investors and land developers.

2. Consult with neighboring property owners.

If you will be working on a tract of land that is flanked by developed properties, then it can be beneficial to meet with neighboring property owners to discuss your construction plans. Since your development activities will likely create noise, dust, and increased traffic in the area, reaching out to neighboring land owners before construction begins is wise.

Meeting with these individuals allows you to fill them in on your project timeline, and you can work together to create a logistics plan that will minimize the inconvenience placed on neighboring property owners for the duration of your project. These meetings show that you care about being a good neighbor, and they can go a long way toward preventing potential conflicts in the future.

Developing new tracts of land can come with some unique challenges. As you enter the land-use planning phase of your project, be sure that you are taking the time to identify potential sources of conflict and then take action to mitigate conflict risk. Discussing topographical limitations with investors and meeting with neighboring property owners to create a mutually beneficial logistics plan will help you mitigate major conflicts when it comes to completing future construction projects.


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