Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Introducing... HLS Santa Cruz!

Being a part of the Hogan Land Services Team, there is one thing we all know to be true, "the only constant is change".  Whether this relates to County protocol, civil design modifications, or even adding personnel to our office, we are always in a state of change.

It has been an extremely successful year thus far, and we have recently created change that will open the door to a new County in order to offer our services to the greater Northern California community.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our second Hogan Land Services office, located in Santa Cruz County!

Hogan Land Services, Santa Cruz will offer all of the same services such as Land Surveying, Civil and Structural Engineering, Septic and Wastewater Design, and of course, Permit Processing.

We are very excited to branch out to Santa Cruz County, and help you develop your dream beach home, or fix-up an older mountain cabin.

For more information, visit our website and click on the "HLS Santa Cruz" tab.  Or call us anytime at 831-419-4051.

See you on our next view from the field!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Top Ways to Improve Your Property Value - Part 1

Real estate is often our most valuable asset, and nothing feels better than crossing projects off the home improvement list.  Aside from the honey-do items, what about the assets that your property has, but didn't know could be improved?  That's where we come in.

Over the next few months we will be posting Hogan Land Services' "Top Ways to Improve Your Property Value" and provide tips and tricks for understanding more about your property, and what you can do about it.

This week our post features how to find out what you can do with your existing property.  Can  you build a second unit on your parcel?  Is there potential for commercial use?  Is it zoned for agricultural use?  Did you know you there are ways to change your zoning?

These questions have readily available answers, and once you have the information on what you can do; then you can determine what you want to do!

The land service professionals at Hogan Land Services will explain to you all the allowable uses for your property, and help modify it to maximize value.  If you've been curious about the assets your property may contain, give us a call!

See you on our next view from the field!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Let it Wash Away

The rainy season is approaching!  As the rain washes in, there are a few things we want homeowners to be on the lookout for this fall.  Unexpected rain storms can unsettle dry earth that has built up over this hot summer we had.  In this post, we want to demonstrate the importance of recognizing erosion, and learning what can be done about it.

Soil erosion is the action of water flow or wind, which removes soil and rock from one location, then transports it to another location where it is deposited.  Do you think you have seen the effects of erosion?  An extreme example that many people have seen is the Grand Canyon.  

Examples of soil erosion are everywhere, but why do we want Sonoma County residents aware of the issue?  With such a diverse community of farmers, vintners, and wildlife,  soil that is not properly managed can lead to run-off affecting our natural streams and rivers.  The velocity of rain fall can be as great as 20 mph! (1)  The force of the rain breaks apart the dry soil, and causes sediment to be transported away from its original location.  This effects the landscape by creating polluted water as the soil runs downslope with the rain fall.

So what can be done to prevent soil erosion at your property?  If your property is currently undergoing construction, and is larger than 1 acre, a certified QSP (Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Practitioner) must be called to monitor and set up proper erosion management.  If you think you observe erosion at your property, snap a picture and e-mail it to us.  Hogan Land Services has two qualified QSP/QSD staff members, who can easily identify if your property is in danger of eroding.

Effective erosion control is an important technique in preventing water pollution, soil loss, wildlife habitat loss and property loss.

Below are two examples of erosion control management.  Can you guess which one is not being properly managed?

See you on our next view from the field!