An Introduction to Feature and Level Surveys
Land subdivision development is a tricky process that requires a lot of input from the developers, architects and surveyors. Developers have to consult land surveyors to ensure they are abiding by council and state laws in regards to building zones. One way for the developer to do this is through a feature level survey. This type of survey records the current state of a piece of land and can help you to determine what can be built on the property. Read on to find out more.
What Does a Feature Level Survey Cover?
A feature level survey will examine existing structures, fences, utility services, drains, adjoining structures, trees and access roads. It is important that the surveyor looks over or walks the property to ensure everything is recorded. This can include the shapes of fences, trees, bushes, boulders, driveways with gates and other structures. It also includes other surveying techniques such as a datum point and advanced measuring that will help determine where roads and access points are in relation to surrounding areas. If there are any concerns about anything, then the surveyor can suggest amendments that can be discussed amongst all interested parties. The best way for you to describe any changes you wish to make is in reference to this survey plan; however, it is wise to seek professional advice from a local land surveyor.
How Long Does a Survey Take?
A feature level survey will take anywhere between a few days and a few weeks depending on the size of the property and how much detail is required. Once the survey has been completed, a report will be drafted containing details and floor plans of all structures, trees, fences, driveways etc. along with a description of the existing condition of the land. The report will suggest any amendments that need to be made in regards to future subdivision of the land as well as any best practice suggestions. These suggestions can be discussed further between the client and surveyor. The drafts will then be corrected by the land surveyor until both parties are happy with the result. The final report is signed off by all parties saying they accept it as final and accurate.
If you're interested in purchasing a new home or investment property from a development range then please contact a land surveyor today. They can also tell you more about building subdivision development and what it entails.