– A complete listing of DDA’s full scope due diligence services for assessment of an existing building and site or raw land acquisition for development. If you are partnering with Ron, “Ron’s list” contains the tasks he requires to consider proceeding. Otherwise, these tasks are negotiable based on your specific due diligence needs – please call us to discuss.
– Information required and documents needed for DDA to perform Pre Due Diligence services.
Pre DDA Needs List PDF
– Once the decision is made to deploy the field investigation team, this list shows the building and site information required and documents needed prior to departure to facilitate research in advance of arrival on site. (If Pre Due Diligence was performed, disregard any items previously submitted.)
Building Needs List PDF
– Once the decision is made to deploy the field investigation team, this list shows the parcel information required and documents needed prior to departure to facilitate research in advance of arrival on site. (If Pre Due Diligence was performed, disregard any items previously submitted.)
Land Needs List PDF
USDA Web Soil Survey – Obtain soils maps, determine suitability for construction and flooding frequency by entering the address, then use the Area of Interest or AOI function to outline the parcel
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map – Find the parcel on the FEMA issued Flood Map using their Map Service Center by selecting the appropriate information from a short series of pull-down lists. Locate the Flood Map for the parcel from the Map Index (usually the last maps listed), choosing the Flood Map and finding the Flood Hazard Zone letter for the parcel. Once you have the Flood Hazard Zone letter, find out what it means by going to 44CFR64.3 and look up the definition.
FEMA Wind Hazards – Evaluate Wind Hazard Zone, Number of Tornadoes, Risk Level and FEMA recommended protection methods in the area of the parcel
USGS Seismic Risk Map – Determine susceptibility to earthquakes in the area of the parcel
USGS Wetlands Map – Determine if there are any identified wetlands by locating the parcel on the map
ESRI ArcGIS Online – Works very similar to the popular Google globe, but has improved functionality and more current imagery. You can even import data where available from federal, state, county and city web sites to create special maps or images.
Note: We recommend using Internet Explorer to search these sites although some will run in Firefox. Disable the popup blocker so your search results will open.
$ – can’t afford not to
$$ – pricey but worth it
$$$ – Expensive
Topographic Maps from MapCard ($) – Great site for obtaining USGS topographic maps for the contiguous states by entering the nearest city, state and finding the parcel on the map; also provides aerial images
Environmental Data Search ($$ to $$$) – This site provides various types and levels of environmental data search which allow prescreening of a site to determine if the available data indicate environmental hazards on or around a parcel. (For liabilty reasons, it is still essential to have a site assessment performed to identify whether hazards are present and have these findings presented in a Phase I Environmental Site Asessment report.)
Find thousands of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers or Environmental Scientists listed by state from Thomas Registry:
LandScience, Inc. – Check out DDA’s environmental services partner
US Census Bureau – Annual Estimates of Population by County – US Census Bureau estimates of population down to the county level through July 1, 2006, in Excel format
National Association of Counties – Provides a listing of all counties as well as demographics, codes/ordinances, and an overview of county government
Cities Ranked and Rated – Excellent quick reference resource on more than 400 Metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada
US Census Bureau – Top 100 Fastest Growing Counties – This site provides the top 100 fastest growing counties in the the county from both 2000 and 2005 through 2006.
Assessor Links USA – Provides the websites for most online property appraisers in the country as well as many other helpful resources. This is not a complete review of every online property appraiser, but is the most comprehensive list found to date.