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

Our land use planners are skilled problem solvers, identifying effective solutions for a wide range of clients and projects. Whether you're a municipal client needing to update a land use comprehensive plan or zoning code, a developer seeking the optimal location for your next project, or you need assistance to permit your project through the governmental agencies, we can help.

List of Services
  • Site development due diligence assessments
  • Land use permitting (rezones, annexation, platting, site planning, etc.)
  • Utility infrastructure permitting
  • Comprehensive plan updates/zone changes
  • Master planning/subarea planning
  • Planning studies (e.g. site selection, mitigation planning, etc.)
  • Entitlement program management
  • State environmental compliance documentation
  • Non-conforming development upgrade assessments
Team Lead
Read Stapleton, AICP


Owl in Nature


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
  • Biological evaluations and assessments
  • NEPA expertise
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 support
  • Environmental permitting and consultation
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) documentation
  • Natural resources and rare plant surveys
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Cultural resource management
  • Archaeological and Historic resources
  • Wetlands and waters functional assessments
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance
  • Wetland determinations and delineations
  • Fish and wildlife surveys
  • Mitigation and restoration monitoring
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