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Project Development & Environmental Decision

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

$100 – $685

Project Development & Environmental Decision

Part of the Understanding the Construction Process Series


November 14, 2019 / 8:00 am – 11:00 am


Best Management Practices in Getting a Project to Construction

Session Overview:

Project Development

Land development is anything but easy. Participating in this session will give you an edge to better navigate the complex sequence of getting a project to construction and operating. Taking the right steps early is critical to your success. This session will explain the importance of a due diligence stage and how to tailor that to your project. You will also gain insight on getting the right people for the team where relationships matter to stay on time and on budget. With increasing regulations, the presentation will also cover techniques to reduce costs of job transition to an owner or tenant and the associated perpetual responsibility for stormwater management facilities.

Environmental Decisions

The purpose of this presentation is to outline the requirements and guidance for selecting and implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to eliminate or reduce the discharge of pollutants to local waters from construction and other land-disturbing activities. In Pennsylvania, the County Planning Commission is the administrative authority for storm water management and erosion prevention and sediment control on construction sites. The Conservation Districts through-out the Commonwealth enforce the requirements for storm water management during construction that are consistent with construction under the General Permit. A storm water management plan (SWMP) is required for development disturbing greater than one acre of land. The SWMP details pollution prevention, erosion prevention and sediment control measures to be installed for projects that exceed 1000 square feet of soil disturbance, not just those that disturb greater than one acre. The presentation will also discuss the best practices for soils management during excavation for building foundations and linear projects where impacted soils are expected.

Benefits of Attending:

Project Development – Chris Venarchick, RLA, RGS Associates, Inc., RGS Associates, Inc.; Mark Hackenburg, RLA, ASLA, RGS Associates, Inc.

  • Understand the importance of feasibility and due diligence
  • Gain tips for assembling the project team and knowing what they do
  • Staying on budget with design and preconstruction
  • How to ensure a smooth transition from construction to operation

Environmental Decisions – Meghan K. Rogalus, Bucks County Conservation District; Guy Sheets, AMO Environmental Decisions

  • Understand compliance with storm water regulations.
  • Discover agencies to reach out to help with plans and BMP.
  • Learn options for soil & erosion control measures during construction.
  • Gain an understanding of procedures for excavation of impacted soils during construction.

Topics Covered this Session:

Topics Covered (two-part session: Development & Environmental Decisions):

  • Developing
  • Soft Costs
  • Funding Sources
  • Return on Investment
  • Marketing
  • Zoning and Permitting
  • Environmental Issues
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Sessions in this Series:

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Who Should Attend:

Administrators, estimators, project engineers, support staff, accountants, attorneys, project managers, project assistants, those new to construction, career constructors interested in learning new information and those interested in a better understanding of the big picture of the construction process will benefit from this series!



Chris Venarchick, RLA, RGS Associates, Inc. is a landscape architect licensed in Pennsylvania where he practices with over twenty years of experience. His focus is designing places of significance ranging from small retail properties to large mixed-use residential, commercial and senior living communities. His knowledge of the development process has become a valuable asset for expediting projects through regulatory challenges. This includes site selection and land use feasibility, zoning and code compliance, master planning, subdivision and land development entitlements, and environmental permitting. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University with a minor in Business Administration. Chris is a Senior Associate with RGS Associates, Inc., a site planning and land development consulting firm serving south central Pennsylvania with offices in Lancaster, York and Harrisburg. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and actively contributes time to committees within the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Mark Hackenburg, RLA, ASLA, RGS Associates, Inc. is a registered landscape architect with thirty years of experience in site planning and community design. The majority of his career has been focused on the design of residential communities, commercial site design, open space planning and mixed use site developments. Mark is a Principal with RGS Associates, Inc., a site planning and land development consulting firm serving south central Pennsylvania with offices in Lancaster, York and Harrisburg. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. At RGS, Mark is responsible for new business development, client satisfaction, and firmwide leadership in community planning and site design. He is a Board Member and Past President of the Coalition for Smart Growth in Lancaster County, PA, a Board Member of the Lancaster Family YMCA and served for nearly a decade on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in additional to other civic and community engagements.

Preferred registration date: 7 days prior to session date

If you must cancel for any reason, please contact us immediately. Cancellations received less than 7 days of the start of class cannot be refunded; substitutions are permitted.

Price includes: all course materials, coffee, water and snack for each session

ABC Members may select the option to be invoiced. Non-members will need to please pay at time of registration either via credit card payment online or by calling Michele at the Chapter office: (717) 653-8106.

EIN: 23-1618254 – Contributions or gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, payments may be deductible by members as an ordinary, necessary business expense. See your accountant for details.

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November 14
8:00 am - 11:00 am
$100 – $685
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