There are many things which can mold and guide the plans a developer makes for a particular location: budget, preference, and desired housing density, for starters. However, perhaps the single most important aspect to consider when planning housing is one which is very difficult to alter. The shape, formation, and history of the land are not something that can be changed without large cost. They must be incorporated and worked around, particularly for a development that will stand the test of time and offer quality, comfortable homes to those who live there.
It’s not difficult to imagine how the topography of a location can affect housing development plans. Some types of homes and buildings are better suited to flat areas, while others can adapt to varied slopes. Weather conditions should also be considered. The direction of the sun, the amount of rain a site receives, and the wind strength can all inform the best design, particularly should a developer desire to work with the natural elements for energy-efficient and eco-friendly homes.
With the right proactive approach to working with local councils rather than against them, developers may even be granted permission to build in places where it would otherwise not be allowed. It’s important to have a flexible approach that means a build can be molded around what’s there—for this, you will need to choose carefully who to work with. ASAP Plans’ plans are adaptable and designed to be used in a wide array of conditions across the country. We can work with developers and our architectural technicians to put together a comprehensive and unique subdivision that fits its environment.
Perhaps less obvious is how the cultural geography of a place can affect housing development. The history of a piece of land is as much a part of it as its physical form, and must be considered when planning a build. This has been in the news recently, as a planned area of housing near Auckland’s airport was found to be located directly on a piece of land that was very significant to the Maori people. The protests at Ihumatao have highlighted that it’s crucial to fully investigate the cultural geography of a place before moving ahead on plans to develop—if you want a trouble-free build.
Cultural considerations go beyond just the historical importance of a place. Developers should look at the cultural needs and expectations in that particular area. Demographics can certainly influence building plans; knowledge of the area and the likely future inhabitants of a subdivision should guide the choices of home configurations. Apartments and smaller, compact homes are suitable for urban environments where young professional singles and couples tend to reside. Suburbs call for larger family homes and gardens. The ethnic makeup of an area can come into play, too: some cultures tend towards multi-generational households.
All of the above boils down to this: changing the topography is possible with major earthworks, and the right developers with the right plans can certainly solve the problems posed by complex topography. However, working with it rather than against it where possible can save time and money.
Adapting and designing a housing development to fit the topography of a site is no small task, but it’s far from impossible. And getting it right will result in successful, positive housing. Off-the-shelf plans can be viewed as generic and inflexible, but with a service like ASAP Plans, developers can have the best of both worlds: quality, architecturally-designed plans and the flexibility and service to help you put together a development that will work in its environment. Add to that the fact that ASAP Plans will liaise with local councils to ensure your subdivision can go ahead, and you have a recipe for success! Take a look at all of the services we offer to find out more.