Land Planning

Engineering / Municipal


Land Planning

The first steps in assessing the suitable land use of any project involve analysis of the property, zoning issues, municipal stipulation, and many other tasks. Our commitment to accurate information collection and research ensures that our clients will obtain all the necessary information from our land planning staff in order to make the right decisions regarding the proper use of each site.

Once the ideal land use is determined, the next step in the planning process is to design the layout of the site in the most suitable manor to maximize space, visual appeal, and function.

Whether you need advice on zoning or you want help creating a master plan for a large-scale project, our employees possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make it happen. Our land planning services include, but are not limited to:

• Conceptual Design
• Site Investigation and Due Diligence
• Feasibility Studies
• Residenttial and Commercial Site Design
• Park and Recreational Facility Planning
• Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TND)
• Small Planned Unit Developments (SPUD)
• Planned Unit Developments (PUD)
• Landscape Permit Plans
• Water Quality Studies
• Preliminary Submittal Packages
• Zoning


The engineering services offered at Ferris Engineering & Surveying span over a project’s entire scope: from project conception to construction completion. During the preliminary phases of a project, we offer design assistance ensuring that all local zoning and drainage ordinances are adhered to. Our main goal is to provide a design that satisfies the requirements of local governments as well as the needs of our clients.

Once we have obtained the proper preliminary layouts and concepts, we work diligently to mold those plans into workable construction documents. As each project comes with its own set of unique challenges, we employ our sound engineering judgment as well as new design concepts to offer our client the quality construction they desire.

Obtaining construction permitting can be a tedious and frustrating facet of a project. Our solid relationships with the local and state governments help ensure that each project passes through the necessary channels. In order to achieve this task, we have a special department that works diligently for our clients in order to obtain all necessary permitting in a timely manner.

Once a project is approved and ready for bid, Ferris Engineering and Surveying works very closely with its clients to produce a compete bid package. During the construction phase of a project, our licensed professionals are frequent visitors to each construction site to ensure that the visual and technical aspects of each project are properly in place. Finally, we help to ensure that all government inspections and approvals are obtained with minimal complications.

We are able to coordinate effectively with developers, government agencies, contractors and utility companies to make sure everything is properly designed and constructed. Whether your site requires a simple permit or a complex layout, Ferris Engineering and Surveying will work diligently to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction. Some of our specialties include:

• Civil Construction Plans
• Infrastructure
• Storm Water System Design
• Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems Design
• Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
• Highway Design
• Earthwork and Mitigation Plans
• Permitting Assistance
• Contract Administration
• Utility Coordination
• Construction Management
• Drainage Impact Studies
• Coordination of Traffic Impact Studies
• Environmental Studies Coordination
• Wetlands Permitting Assistance


Our surveying department’s involvement in a project spans from site planning to completed construction. Our field crews work carefully to make sure their field work is precise so that the data they collect is properly converted into an accurate map for our clients. In order to uphold the highest level of accountability, our surveying department uses cutting edge technology so that our clients can get the most accurate and complete information. Our equipment includes Leica robotic total stations and GPS rovers. We also have a base antenna, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to collect data from global positioning satellites. Our full time operating Base Station enables us to accurately collect data and perform construction stakeout with a single rover within a 30-mile radius of our office. We also have traditional Topcon total stations that we use for miscellaneous survey data collection. All of our field crews have a 3⁄4 ton four-wheel-drive crew cab truck which allows them to access rough terrain and lightly wooded areas, in all weather conditions. We use everything in our arsenal to ensure that our client has the most accurate data.

We work closely with local, state, and national government agencies to get the most current and accurate data for your project. Whether you need a simple flood certificate, construction stakeout, or complex topographical survey, you can trust our surveying department to deliver.Our tasks of our surveying department include:

• Topographical Survey
• Boundary Survey
• As-Built Survey
• ALTA Land Surveys
• Elevation Certificates required by local municipalities
• Construction Stakeout
• Final Plats
• Letters of Map Amendments from FEMA (LOMA)
• Construction Stakeout
• Construction Stakeout
• Letters of Map Revisions based on fill (LOMR)
• Surveys for Quantity Verification (Cut/Fill Volumes)
• GPS Control Surveys
• RTK Surveys
• Mortgage Surveys
• Right of Way Maps
• Accident Surveys