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Practical Manual of Land Development

Practical Manual of Land Development
Author: Barbara Colley
ISBN 13: 9780071448666
ISBN 10: 71448667
Edition: 4
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2005-07-19
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
List Price: $103.00

The Reference Choice for Land Development Professionals

Current data. Solid basics. Essential equations. An excellent text for land development newcomers. A favorite reference of experienced pros.

A classic in land development instruction — now newly updated and expanded — Practical Manual of Land Development provides:

  • An expert overview of land development engineering
  • Step-by-step instructions for designing grading plans; streets, roads, and highways; parking lots; sanitary sewers and storm drains
  • Comprehensive help with civil engineering design, from feasibility studies to construction coordination
  • Tested guidelines for preparing cost and fee estimates
  • Checklists for plans, specifications, and estimates
  • Essential reading on stakeholder participation in land development issues
  • Helpful tips on coordinating with other land development professionals


  • New and updated illustrations and checklists
  • Updated best practices for Clean Water Act and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System compliance
  • Expanded coverage of CADD (Computer-Assisted Design and Drafting)
  • Guidance on complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • New chapter on stormwater drainage controls

Barbara Colley, P.E., is the head of BC3E, Barbara Colley Consulting Engineers, a firm that provides a full range of civil engineering design services, based in Sonoma County, California. She is a land development specialist with over 30 years' experience. Her work has spanned hydrology, hydraulic system design, solid and water-borne waste management, natural resources and environmental impact, geology, and transportation studies.


Revised and updated edition (the first was published in 1986 under the title Practical Manual of Site Development) of a reference for civil engineers and other professionals working on land development projects, providing practical information on all aspects of the field, from the factors involved in site analysis and cost estimating, to the role of earthwork in construction, to provisions for roadways and parking lots, sanitary sewers, storm drainage, and water supply. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)