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What We Do

 Land Planning

SDS takes all aspects of a project and its site into account; from physical factors to regulatory constraints.  Our planners and engineers work closely with one another to provide you the best solution to your unique development needs.

A sample of the planning services we provide:

  • Master Plans
  • Land Use Plans
  • Site Plans
  • Site Selection
  • Site Analysis
  • Feasibility/Due Diligence Studies
  • Design Guidelines
  • Development Strategies
  • Entitlements/Government Approvals 

 project entitlements

A successful entitlement results in a built project.  We are proud of the high percentage of our projects that get built; it starts with obtaining entitlements that take into account federal, state, special district, and local agency requirements.  We know and understand nexus requirements and the CEQA and NEPA process to ensure your project does its fair share without going beyond its legal requirements in order to minimize construction costs.

Here is a sample of entitlement services available:

  • Local, state, and federal approvals
  • Regulatory permitting
  • Outside agency coordination
  • Tentative maps
  • Subdivision maps
  • Use permits
  • Rezones
  • General Plan amendments
  • CEQA document preparation and processing
  • Entitlement submittals and negotiations


Graphics are an important part of the design and entitlement process.  Whether your project is in the conceptual phase or in the marketing stage, our presentation graphics accurately and attractively portray it.  From marketing and advertising programs to project permitting, our graphics will help sell your project.

Here is a sample of presentation graphics services we offer:

  • Project entitlement renderings
  • Posters, exhibits, and diagrams for project support
  • Brochure and direct mail design
  • Planned development books

 surveying & mapping

Our skilled staff and state of the art equipment produce accurate maps every time.  For projects of all sizes, from a single parcel to a master-planned community, we work closely with you to provide the data you need in a timely manner.

Below is a sample of services provided within our surveying department:

  • Property and boundary surveys
  • ALTA / ASCM land title surveys
  • Property line adjustments
  • Parcel maps
  • Subdivision maps
  • Easement preparation, research, and analysis
  • Elevation certificates and flood surveys
  • LOMA/R support for the new FEMA maps  

 Civil engineering

As the backbone of the SDS operation, our engineers find solutions to whatever engineering challenges your project may face. From concept to construction; our team is there every step of the way to ensure every piece of the engineering puzzle fits as it should.

Below is a sample of services provided within our engineering department:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Entitlement level engineering
  • Grading and drainage design
  • Roadway design
  • Utility design
  • Streetscape regulatory permitting
  • Retaining walls and sound walls
  • Bid and construction administration 


Hydrology and hydraulics are an ever-expanding part of land development and SDS provides water and storm water design solutions.  From storm water management and constructed wetland design, to flood map revisions, we provide functional and attractive solutions to water resource necessities while remaining environmentally friendly and cost effective.  

Here is a sample of hydrology services we offer:

  • Surface and subsurface detention analysis and design
  • Infiltration / retention analysis and design
  • Multiple watershed analysis
  • Storm water pipe system design
  • Culvert analysis and design
  • Bridge hydraulic studies
  • Floodmap revisions
  • Flood studies (CLOMR, LOMR, base flood elevation certificate)
  • Constructed wetland design
  • Channel restoration
  • Design of fish friendly culverts
  • Fish passage and creek restoration


The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is a fundamental requirement of the State’s General Construction Permit.  Our Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) outline specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) suited to your project when preparing your SWPPP and our Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSPs) follow State mandates to inspect and preparing reports specific to your project, ensuring you meet State requirements.

Here is a sample of SWPPP services we offer:

  • Multiple QSD and QSP on staff
  • Cost effective BMP
  • Monitoring, inspection, and reporting services
  • Turbidity and pH sampling
  • Construction General Permit compliance
  • MS4 compliance