When You Need to Know What’s There

Before diving into a development project, DOWL’s environmental and land use team undertakes a thoughtful and comprehensive pre-development analysis. We consider foundational questions such as: What are the current conditions? What is the best use of the area? Is there a better location? How do we protect it? How do we maximize its potential?

These questions and more can be answered through our land use planning, environmental, survey, and related services.

Practice Lead

Kristen Hansen


Sub Practice Areas

Land Use Planning

The DOWL team includes a talented group of landscape architects and land use planners skilled at identifying land design opportunities and preparing land use plans and permit strategies to help our clients achieve their goals. Our team provides a broad array of expertise including concept-level area master planning, visual simulation services, landscape design, land use permitting, due diligence assessments, and much more.

List of Services
  • Land Use Planning
    • Master Planning / Sub-area Planning
    • Due Diligence / Site Readiness Assessments
    • Land Use Permitting (rezones, annexation, platting, site planning, etc.)
    • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Compliance
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis
    • Code Amendments
  • Landscape Architecture
    • Landscape Planting Design
    • Irrigation Design
    • Site Planning
    • Trail Planning and Design
    • Cost Estimating
    • Master Planning
    • Renderings and Visual Simulation Imagery
Team Lead
Read Stapleton, AICP


Taos Pueblo Leopard Frog


Our environmental specialists understand federal, state, and local environmental regulations, have trusted relationships with agency staff, and are experts on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and natural resources. From fast-track Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA) and Categorical Exclusions (CatEx) to remote fieldwork, biological assessments, and wetland delineations, our team understands the processes, people, and regulations needed to move your project to the next stage.

List of Services
  • Environmental Studies
    • Wetland delineations and functional assessments
    • Wetland debit/credit analyses and mapping
    • Wetland mitigation plans and restoration monitoring
    • Bird and eagle nest surveys and monitoring
    • Noxious and invasive weed surveys
    • Geographic Information System (GIS) analyses
  • Environmental Planning and Permitting
    • NEPA documentation for multiple federal agencies
    • Section 7 Endangered Species Act consultation
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404/10 permits
    • State or Environmental Protection Agency CWA Section 401 Certification
    • United States Fish and Wildlife Service Eagle Act permits
    • State and local permits (varies by location)
  • Cultural Resources
    • National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 consultation
    • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
    • Historical/archaeological site assessments
    • Memorandum of Agreements
    • Tribal consultation
Team Lead
Austin Bloom


Survey and Mapping

Our surveyors are skilled in completing a broad range of projects, from a single sidewalk ramp to 200-mile-long corridors. Our priority is to identify potential problems early so design teams and contractors can make necessary adjustments and keep projects on track.

List of Services
  • Boundary surveying
  • Topographic surveying control surveys
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) surveys
  • Aerial mapping
  • Aeronautical surveys
  • LiDAR mapping
  • Platting and plat drafting
  • Utility surveys
  • As-built surveys
  • Alta surveys
  • Construction staking
Team Lead
Willie Stoll, PLS, CFedS