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RV Resort Planning and RV Park Design FAQ

 

Q: Is my land suitable for development?

A: All land is not suitable for recreation development.  And not all recreation development is profitable.  So while some land may have great beauty and versatility and would be a highly profitable RV or Resort Development, other land may have uses, but may not be recreation friendly.

 

Q: What makes land suitable for RV Park or Resort development?

A: There are many factors which make a property a prime RV or resort property. In your evaluation ask yourself what I call the Big 5 Questions:

 

  1. Are you invited?  Is there a good political and neighborhood environment for such a project.
  2. Are you located on or near a major attraction (lake, river, beach, historic site, theme park, or even a major construction zone).
  3. Are potable water and waste water facilities available?
  4. Access?  How easy is it to find and reach?
  5. Site worthiness:  Is your site pretty, easily developable, or serene? 

 

Q: What are some things which take away from recreation development potential?

A: There are many deterrents to RV Park and Resort development.  Some can be handled with proper design, while others are red flags warning against parks, resort, and recreation development.  Things such as inaccessibility, lack of inexpensive utilities, poor terrain and vegetation, noise producers (railroads, truck routes, loud music venues, or warehouses), unsightly and unsafe utility corridors and easements, and an unwelcoming citizenry can make quality recreation development risky.

 

Q: What is Greenfield planning?

A: Greenfield projects are raw land projects where no restoration of existing uses is contemplated.  It is a project where there are no existing physical constraints to development.

 

Q: What is the advantage of Greenfield projects?

A: The greatest advantage of Greenfield work is the ability to suit the project to the land in such a way as to retain the natural beauty while providing a layout which is dictated by shape and vegetation of the land.  This is most helpful in recreation and resort projects.  In our environmentally sensitive culture, Greenfield can be a beacon for doing something right.

 

Q: What is the greatest disadvantage of Greenfield projects?

A: As a general rule Greenfield work is more expensive to develop because of the lack of roads, utilities, and general knowledge of the property; the entitlement process for Greenfield work generally is far more expensive, and more importantly it is generally harder to get financed.

 

Q: What makes Bud Surles' Consulting Group unique (why should we hire you versus someone else)?

A: We have many years of environmentally sensitive, user friendly design, development and management experience.  We bring together a vast knowledge of government processes, land use and carrying capacity, recreation development, RV Park development, Resort development, hydrology, majestic rustic architectural facilities, landscaping, park model homes and cabins, petroleum lands and leases, public park development, environmental analysis, competitive market analysis, economic modeling, financial planning, and the tourism industry.  I personally have planned and designed state park systems, planned projects within national parks, have planned, developed and owned resorts, and have won awards at the state and national levels of park development on public lands and have won awards for development of private resorts and RV Parks as well.  I can help sway public opinion on worthy projects, get through the various governmental requirements, and do so within the constraints of laws, ordinances, zoning requirements, and public opposition.  I have always been considered to be on the cutting edge of development of projects which fit naturally onto the land and perform to meet the vision of the owners.  I have done tourism development studies for public entities which have encouraged proper recreation development in counties, river drainages, and even an entire state.  I have done revenue analysis for three state park systems, each of which has resulted in new funding for recreation development.  What really sets my company apart is the appreciation for the land.  I have been working with land all my life and I know how to use the natural beauty of plains, mountains, forests, grasslands, and farms come to life for public enjoyment and profitability.  And while my final designs are created in CAD files, no project is a cookie cutter project for me.  Every design is unique to your property, vision, and setting.

 

Q: What does a typical Master Plan consist of?

A: Master Plans are different from simple design projects.  A true Master Plan includes an analysis of the highest and best use of the property, carrying capacity studies, natural environment assessment, project design and phasing, cost analysis, marketing strategy, and business plan.  Of course modifications of that can be made in the contract, but complete Master Plans while more expensive in the short run, will pay many dividends in the future.

 

Q: What if I only want my project designed?

A: We certainly bring much expertise to the table in park and resort design, but simple design is not always based on the best land analysis.  Designs without a Master Plan necessarily come with disclaimers.  That being said, we will work as closely and diligently with land owners and land buyers to design the best project possible.

Q: Can you get my project funded?

A.  Many of my competitors claim an ability to get projects funded.  The reality is, we all have the same contacts and resources.  What gets a project funded is the viability of the project, the financial integrity of the owner, the potential for solid ROI, the assurance of getting the project entitled, the historical credit worthiness of the owner, and the amount of risk of personal capital the owner is willing to make. Within those parameters, my job is to make sure the project is viable, cutting edge, innovative, and sustainable.  If it is those things, I can be helpful in connecting investment opportunities and investors.

Q: How do I get started on a project?

A: I take everyone’s vision, investments or potential investment, and lands very seriously.  I will work with landowners and developers to analyze the feasibility of their vision.   Based upon the travel time involved, I will visit a project for $1500 plus travel expenses.  For that I will provide the owner with a written analysis of whether the project should go forward or not.  If the owner or developer hires my firm to do the planning, design, and/or development the non-travel cost will be included in the total project cost.  Call me at 208-787-5088 or contact me through this website (contact page).