Land Planning

Land Planning Services for Your Master Plan Needs, Performed by Certified Landscape Architects

We have the vision, qualifications, and the experience to get your real estate development project off the ground running!

For land planning services and master plan development for your MA, NH and ME real estate projects, the landscape architects at Terrain Planning & Design have not only the credentials, but also the foresight necessary to get the most out of your property.

A thorough land evaluation, and the production of a master plan pertaining to your real estate property before any development, helps in determining the cost-to-benefit factor — long before construction begins.

We have served a wide variety of clients throughout New England – from residential homeowners, to commercial land developers, to municipalities – and our mission in every job is to help you get the most out of the land with sustainable designs that add to the character of the parcel while respecting, even stewarding the natural elements.

Our land planning begins with an initial consultation to determine all the project’s feasibility issues. We then conduct a thorough evaluation of each real estate parcel before any development ideas take shape. This key phase of the master plan exposes limitations and liabilities, often finds enhanced opportunities and benefits never thought of, and helps determine your cost/benefit analysis long before any construction begins.

What Considerations Make Up a Good Land Use or Master Plan?

Site Location
Topography and Slope
Hydrology and Drainage
Existing Structures and Infrastructure
Legal Constraints

Property boundaries, easements , rights of way; restrictive covenants, and deed restrictions.  Local zoning ordinances or subdivision regulations may impose limitations upon what a developer is allowed to do on a given site, or have specific procedural requirements regarding that land development. It is critical to know these before a shovel ever breaks the ground!

You Need a Master Land Planner to Maximize Use, Value, and Appreciation of Your Proposed Land Development

With a landscape architect as your land planner you know you’re getting a professional with extensive formal education and training. We employ the latest in architectural drafting and 3D CAD (computer-aided design) which fosters creativity, and efficiency in all planning and material assessment.

Our integrated planning and design approach uses an architect’s eye to see the whole of the land and how it can be better interwoven with existing or planned man-made and natural structures. Stewardship of the land, working with nature, not against it, is what we strive for.

We also provide complete project management services to our clients

Terrain Planning & Design can also provide Project Management Services. Think of this as a General Contractor for the land-use portion of your development. We can pull all state and local permits for the site development, including all shoreline and wetland permits required by the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. We will then assemble a team of our trusted colleagues to help us with the implementation of the project. Overseeing the construction of the project assures you that it is being implemented true to the original design, and that all of the goals, objectives, and more importantly expectations are met!

From the North Country, down through the Lakes Region, in central NH and on into Greater Boston, we have a unique process of design, landscape architecture and site improvement and planning that blends the latest science with our own brand of time-tested landscape planning artistry.

Other Service We Offer:

Landscape Architecture and Design
Project Management
Residential Landscape Design
Residential and Municipal Playground Design
Shoreline and Wetlands Permitting
Sustainable Landscapes
Swimming Pool Design

Ask About our Recent Project Locations and Portfolios!

New London/Lake Sunapee Region


Qualified land and master planning services for developers, municipalities, commercial realtors and homeowners throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

For land planning and master planning services, Terrain Planning & Design are the architects you can trust to conceptualize, and then manage your project to fruition. We have served NH, MA and ME with distinction for years, and can see your development through – from concept to completion. See our extensive portfolio and call us for a free consultation today, (603) 746-3512.

About Terrain Planning

Terrain Planning is a NH residential and commercial landscape architectural firm staffed with licensed landscape architects specializing in landscape architecture design and planning, land use planning, wetland permitting, landscape design, landscape contracting and construction project management with a keen eye for both natural and sustainable landscapes. Landscape design and architectural services include backyard landscape design, outdoor kitchen design, swimming pool design, patio, drive and walkway design, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, ponds and waterfalls, playground and park design, shoreline wetlands planning and permitting, shoreline erosion planning and construction, as well as residential development planning

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311 Kast Hill Road
Hopkinton NH 03229
Tel: (603) 746-3512

“Eric Buck with Terrain Planning is the most professional, versed, and creative architect that I have worked with in 30 years in the industry.”
ROB KEIM Keim Landscape Consulting
“Terrain planning and design have done several design projects for me. One of the few landscape design companies that will design and over see the project till the finish. Great company.”
Bryan Fournier Bryan Fournier Landscape & Irrigation
“We hired Eric from Terrain Planning to redesign the courtyard of our reproduction home in Henniker NH. The plans we received were absolutely top notch and beautiful.”
Russell Mann Henniker, New Hampshire

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