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A Frog With More Bite Than BarkBy George Bryant, LS, Vice President, Koontz-Bryant, P.C..
A recent article published on the Koontz-Bryant website informed our readers of the proposed regulations relating to the Northern Long Eared Bat. During the process of acquiring a wetland permit for a project, our client had been asked to perform a habitat assessment study and/or complete survey for the possible existence of the bat. Quotes were received for a habitat study in the $1000 range with expected costs for a full blown bat survey to range from $5000 to $12,000...Read more »
How Vulnerable is Our Drinking Water?By Matt Faris, PE, Senior Project Manager, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
Recent events around the world have focused on physical terrorism. These assaults on humanity have been carried out with weapons including personal handguns, semi-automatic rifles, explosive devices, and ground-to-air missiles. The attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001 put the world on notice that anything is possible....Read more »
Major/Minor Changes to Preliminary Plats in Chesterfield CountyBy Greg Koontz, PE, President, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
In May Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the Subdivision Ordinance clarifying the definition of Major and Minor changes to a Preliminary Plat. Preliminary Plats are required to be approved prior to the submittal of construction plans for any residential development greater...Read more »
9 Things to Avoid in LandscapingBy Bob Fitz, Principal, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
1. Having No PlanAll too often, a landscaping project is started with no clear plan or objective other than to “beautify” an area.
- Determine what areas need to be addressed.
- Decide on a specific
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Field Crews On Alert as Blood Suckers Abound: 5 Of the Worst You Need to AvoidBy Ron Etter, Environmental Group Manager, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
Bloodthirsty insects manage to make life miserable for man and beast. In addition to the short term pain and suffering that are inflicted by their bites, a number of diseases can be transmitted during the course of their feedings. The Virginia Department of Health reports that 1 in 150 cases of people infected with....Read more »
SPRING INTO CONSTRUCTION – 5 Things to Prevent Stormwater Violations on Your ProjectBy Ron Etter, Environmental Group Manager, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
Spring has arrived, and we can all start preparing for flip flops, beach trips, cook outs, and pool parties. Oh yeah, and work. The warmer temperatures will allow all those stalled and suspended construction projects to crank up again. March in Virginia, historically, is one of the wettest months of the year, averaging 11 days of rain and over 4” average total rain (only July and August have higher average totals) and March has the most record setting single day storm events.....Read more »
Are All Surveys Created Equal?By George Bryant, III, LS, Vice President, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
Not many people realize that a physical improvement survey, a boundary survey, and an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey (ALTA survey) are equal in that they can all be used to transfer land. Yet they differ in the amount of field work, calculations, and liability coverage that the client receives. The New 2016 ALTA/ACSM Survey Standards will go into effect on February 23, 2016. It is important for landowners and developers to understand how an ALTA survey differs from.... Read more »
The Impact of Federal Regulations on Land DevelopmentBy Matt Faris, PE, Project Manager, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
Many factors control the development and re-development of land in the United States. Of course location, market size, property costs and property terrain are factors that affect the usefulness of any parcel of land. Once these factors are assessed, a project must address regulations that are promulgated by local, state and federal agencies. Local governments and...Read more »
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