|Land Development Division
First established in 1990, our Land Development Department is an integral part of the J.H. Berra group and has demonstrated a strong, successful track record of achievement. Our primary focus is on residential development, developing approximately 2,000 to 2,500 lots per year. The vertical integration of J.H. Berra allows us to provide a turnkey approach to your project. In addition to the other services outlined in this brochure, Land Development directly employs nine project managers, a number of real estate agents, and support staff. It is because of the depth of our talent pool that we are able to take a variety of different approaches to your project.
We specialize in maximizing the highest/best use of land within the local municipal zoning guidelines and master plans. During this process, we will perform in-depth cost feasibility studies to determine the profitability of the project. Once the tract is zoned, we oversee the day to day engineering of the site reviewing to implement cost-saving ideas, ensure timely approvals and start coordination with all agencies and utilities which will service the project. After construction approvals, the project manager obtains and awards contracts for all development including clearing, grading, sewers, water, pavement, utility conduit, retaining walls, irrigation, entrance monuments, seeding and sodding.
We provide field management to oversee and coordinate the installation of all the aforementioned infrastructure from the initial clearing and grading of the site to the final seeding of the site. During the development process, the project manager will be working with the governing municipality to prepare escrow agreements, trust indentures, etc., necessary to record a final plat for building permits. Subsequent to the final construction, we will also obtain the escrow releases from construction approvals. The "Total Package " comes with seasoned professionals handling every aspect of the development.
Development of projects by J.H. Berra Land Development are performed using three different scenarios:
- We acquire the property and establish a guaranteed price of the lots to be sold to the builder.
- We will joint venture with individual or multiple builders on larger parcels of land, generally 50-200 acres, and become a partner in developing the lots. We have completed numerous joint ventures with many of the region's finest homebuilders on this basis.
- J.H. Berra Land Development will manage your project and perform all of our management services on a lot fee basis.
The foregoing approaches to land development have allowed us to develop outstanding relationships with a multitude of homebuilders who look to J.H. Berra to compliment their organization.