Land Subdivision: A Practical Guide for Central Texas, The e-Book from BIG RED DOG!

April 18, 2014 by Will Schnier P.E.

BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting is pleased to offer our new e-Book, “Land Subdivision: A Practical Guide for Central Texas”, free to our BIG RED Blog subscribers and visitors.

This e-Book has been developed and published as a result of presenting the White Paper of the same title to the Austin Bar Association’s Annual Land Development Seminar.


The land development process in central Texas can be broken down into three general components:

1) zoning and/or land use entitlements, 2) land subdivision, and 3) construction permits – subdivision construction, site development, building, etc.

The second stage of the process is the legal subdivision of land, the culmination of which typically results in the creation of an officially recorded subdivision plat. Is is this land subdivision process which is explained in our new e-Book.


All real property in the State of Texas is subject to subdivision regulations, whether imposed by a county, a municipality, or both. Land subdivision is becoming increasingly complicated, evolving from what was once a very simple exercise of dividing land into multiple parts, creating blocks and lots, and laying out streets and parkland.

The practice today invites a (potentially) complex review process that includes multiple applications, input from various jurisdictional review authorities, detailed engineering studies, and public notification and requisite public hearings prior to approval. It is critical for the modern land development professional, be it attorney, engineer, developer, surveyor, or other real estate consultant to be knowledgeable about the land subdivision process in order to protect the best interests of those involved.


If you would like a complete copy of the 43-page e-Book “Land Subdivision: A Practical Guide for Central Texas”, please click here.


Once you’ve had a chance to read the e-Book, please be sure to visit this page again to share your comments and thoughts with our BIG RED Blog readers. We’d love to hear what you have to say!
Have questions about the Land Subdivision process? We can help! Feel free to email me directly at [email protected] or give me a call at (512) 669-5560.
Our team would also be happy to present the White Paper, Land Subdivision: A Practical Guide for Central Texas to your company or organization. Contact us today for details and to schedule a personalized presentation.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.