MMS Master Planning: Bringing Your Vision To Life

Our design professionals have hundreds of year of combined experience developing land in Eastern Iowa. We've completed more than 40,000 projects here since 1975. That means that it's likely we'll know right where to start the minute we set eyes on your land. We won't waste any time reaching a comprehensive understanding of opportunities and technical limitations it presents. You get a solid site analysis that includes valuable, informed guidance for the type, style, and intensity of the development program that you envision. We can also help support your vision by including well thought-out and strategic stakeholder involvement planning process. 

When you start with a strong vision for what's possible, backed by a comprehensive feasibility analysis, you'll proceed with an efficient and more viable development plan. That can then be taken through the design development process where we help secure regulatory approvals and create drawings for construction, specifications, and bid documents.

Visioning is the process used to bring all stakeholders together to achieve consensus on the developmental path and goals of a project. It is informed by a thorough review of what is possible within the constraints, both physical and fiscal, that stand between various visions and outcomes. There are many ways to achieve this consensus, but all involve translating abstract concepts into something a little more tangible that can be easily shared and discussed.

Preliminary site plans are one of the tools that are used in the visioning process. But, without considerable experience can be hard to read and understand. That's why it can be good to use more of a "virtual reality" approach. MMS can help with 3D renderings and exhibits that represent the vision. In some cases, drone video and photography can be used to illustrate key points that any plan must address. 3D animations can create a virtual experience that makes people understand and get excited about the potential attached to your project. Digital tools, like websites, landing pages and surveys can facilitate communication in positive ways.

And, of course, there is the data that supports the vision. Much of this comes from the surveyor's work and familiarity with zoning regulations and covenants.

Site Planning


A site plan is a landscape architectural plan, and a detailed engineering drawing of proposed improvements to a given lot. A site plan usually shows a building footprint, paths and transitways, parking, drainage facilities, sanitary sewer lines, water lines, trails, lighting, and landscaping and garden elements.

The full site plan guides the contractor through construction and also serves as a legal documentation of development, defining compliance with development codes and providing a historical reference.

As the product of thorough site analysis, the site plan precisely illustrates:

  • Property lines
  • Outline of existing and proposed buildings and structures
  • Distance between buildings
  • Distance between buildings and property lines (setbacks)
  • Parking lots, indicating parking spaces
  • Driveways
  • Surrounding streets
  • Landscaped areas
  • Easements
  • Ground sign location
  • Utilities

Because the site plan contains all of these details, it is the principal product of the consensus reached in the visioning process.

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