Archives: February 2019

Benefits of Land Use Planning

Land use planning is a major framework for social, economic, and environmental prosperity. The planning holds us responsible, so we don’t abuse the natural resources available to us. The importance stretches far and wide, and at CenterPoint, we are a full-service civil engineering firm prepared to help you find triumph in all your development needs, including master land use planning.

Detailing the Important Benefits


The focus of land use planning is to make sure that our communities are developed by following environmental and municipality safeguard measures.

Our urban landscapes consist of commercial, residential, and industrial zones, which are surrounded by all types of nature, like oceans, mountains, rivers, forests, and grasslands.

As the population of humans continues to rise, so does our dependency and pressure on available space and nature.   

We don’t want to contaminate our water supplies, ruin our air quality, or cause severe environmental damage, like deforestation. We depend upon these natural reservoirs of resources to flourish as urban and suburban communities. Their peril is ours.  

We also don’t want to insert industrial services right in the middle of where residential people raise their families.  

So we use civil engineering to measure, account for, and construct development projects, which follow specific code, drawn up by governing jurisdictions. The code creates appropriate plans based on zoning laws for specific societal needs.

Civil engineering and its accordance with the code enables us to build the most optimal relationship with ourselves and the planet. In turn, our cities, towns, and communities grow stronger.


An additional significant benefit of land use planning is its focus on sustainability. The planning seeks the most efficient use of our available materials and areas to satisfy not only our current demands but also the foreseeable demands of future generations.

We want the cities of tomorrow to be able to run their urban landscapes just as well as we have, if not better. That means following regulations, which uphold the integrity of our societies and their impact on surrounding nature or housing.

Build Your Master Land Use Planning With CenterPoint

At CenterPoint, our civil engineering firm located in Denver, we offer well informed and elite services for all your land use planning needs.

  • Site Entitlements and Permits
  • Zoning
  • Site Access
  • Traffic Impact Analysis
  • Transportation
  • Site Development
  • Conceptual Site Layout
  • Landscape, Drainage, and Utility Service Plans
  • Parking and Access
  • Grading Plan
  • Flood Plans
  • Construction Observation
  • Sub-Consultant Management and Coordination

Our professional civil engineering firm will help guide you in the correct direction, taking all serious matters into consideration.

CenterPoint has access to hire and manage a long list of geotechnical and environmental consultants from across the states. And these consultants are a variety of engineers and traffic and land use experts who will help ensure complete compliance, so no setbacks or silly issues pop up unexpected.

Contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today to talk to a consultant about your project and land use planning!


How Long Does it Take to Close an Open Permit?

Doing any construction or demolition to property requires opening and closing permits. The time frame for that process is based on each individual situation. At CenterPoint, we specialize in civil engineering and can help ease you through all your development needs for successful and quick closure.

The First Things To Understand

Closing a permit is in direct relationship with opening one. As soon as you open a permit, for a project, you should begin to plan the closure schedule.

Closure involves contacting an inspector and having them come to sign off on the new development, making sure that your code will comply and that there are no deficiencies in your project.

A skilled civil engineering firm can help thoroughly manage the details of your project from start to finish. Working with a firm is an excellent route to take. Not everyone understands the meticulous world of civil engineering, and working with an experienced team makes opening and closing a permit less time consuming and more clear.

Problems That Set the Process Back

If you have any outstanding permits, from past development projects, you will need to get those closed first. This can be a painstaking process, especially if you are unaware of the open permits. Before bringing in your contractors to get started, make sure your records are clear.

Another problem is that building codes change. From the start to completion of any project, there is a chance that building codes will undergo revisions. This code change can be especially common if a project takes a long time to complete.

Being on top of the latest building codes will ensure that you don’t waste time and money on your civil engineering project, just to find out what you did needs to change to pass inspection.

Another bump on the permitting road is that contractors may finish work and get paid but never submit for closure on the job. This is easily avoidable by creating a holdback, where a certain percentage (usually 10%) is withheld until the contractor has the building permit closed.  

If your permits are never closed, you may end up also paying hefty fines, and your development may never see the market.

Quick and Efficient Closing With CenterPoint Civil Engineering

Closing a permit is a relative situation, and the time it takes will vary. To ensure that your situation is the best one possible, it pays to work with a team that stays on top of every detail.

With over 85 years of experience in Denver and nationwide, at CenterPoint, our expert civil engineering firm knows how to do just that.

To speed up the closure process on your permits, reach out to a consultant today and see how we can help.