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Residential Development

Residential Developments include single-family residences (SFRs), single-family and multi-family residential subdivisions, planned-unit developments (PUDs), condominum projects, apartment complexes, and mobile/modular unit developments. Since 1941, JBA has developed projects ranging from large multi-thousand-square-foot homes in Beverly Hills and Bel Aire to 400-lot subdivisions and planned communities to mobile home and modular communities of over 500 units. From a civil engineering standpoint, residential developments typically require not only the design/grading plans of individual housing units, but also a full compliment of engineering items, including on-site and off-site sewer (wastewater) system design, on-site and off-site water system design, design/layout of electricty and natural gas utilities, and overall development site grading and drainage design.

Residential projects also generally necessitate the capabilities of our dedicated Geographic Information System (GIS), Water Resources, and Surveying/Mapping departments. Our GIS Department provides extremely beneficial feasibility/conceptual data and mapping for residential projects in the Tentative/Planning stage. Preliminary and Final Hydrology/Hydraulic Studies and Drainage Analyses, in addition to Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and other NPDES documents are prepared to satisfy local agency and State requirements for residential subdivisions. Surveying services (including aerial surveys for large projects) are typically provided throughout the life of residential projects, from preparatory boundary/topographic surveys to construction staking.

Development of large, sophisticated residential subdivisions (such as Master Plan Communities) often includes the design of on-site and off-site water and wastewater treatment facilities, small lakes and ponds, power generating facilities, parks and recreation areas, schools, and commercial zones. These projects, which resemble small cities, require the preparation of very detailed planning and environmental documents, such as Specific Plans and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs). As civil engineering consultants, JBA assists planning and environmental firms in developing these documents (refer to our Feasibility, Planning, & GIS services section).

JBA has completed a variety of residential projects in Southern California. Our high-profile projects include a 394-lot subdivision in the City of Desert Hot Springs, a 109-lot subdivision in in the community of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, a 194-unit condominium complex in the City of Moreno Valley, a 169-lot subdivision in the City of Victorville, a 249-lot subdivision in the City of Victorville, a 35-lot hillside subdivision in the City of Colton, and a 10-acre senior apartment complex in the City of Hemet. Our range of experience has equipped us to successfully complete unique and challenging residential projects such as hillside subdivisions, mountain communities, and desert-area subdivisions situated within potentially catastrophic FEMA floodplains. These types of projects often require special considerations, mitigation measures, and/or documentation with respect to erosion and flood control, grading/drainage design, transportation/access, and environmental/biological issues.

JBA enjoys excellent professional relationships with public agencies throughout Southern California. These relationships help expedite our residential projects and give us higher level of efficiency than other firms in the area. We are also extremely familiar with all agency requirements, standards, and recommendations with regard to residential developments.