Ghaffari Associates

Services      Research      Scenarios      Evaluation      Selection      Program Formulation


Gather all available information and data, including site characteristics, governmental agency requirements, community environment, market potentials and other relevant factors.

Site Characteristics:

  • Dimensions and size
  • Topography
  • Geology
  • Vegetation
  • Easements
  • Set-backs
  • Environmental factors
  • Infrastructure
  • Circulation
  • Other opportunities or constraints

Government Agency Requirements:

  • Zoning and code considerations
  • FAR and height requirements/limitations
  • Interface with special agencies (e.g., California Coastal Commission)
  • Off-site improvements required (e.g., circulation, utilities)
  • Possibilities of zoning and height district upgrades

Community Environment:

  • Active homeowners/business groups in the community
  • Historical advocacy positions
  • Degree of influence on government agencies
  • Likely impact on the project

Market Potential:

  • Survey of land use patterns in the region
  • Review of recent development patterns in the community
  • Market area population and purchasing power
  • Share of market captured by the project
  • Definition of potential land uses for the project
  • Estimates of rates of absorption

Other Factors Unique to the Project:

    .... these factors are defined during the research phase