Reston, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published an update to the book, Residential Land Development Practices, Fourth EditionThe development of raw land into buildable lots can be filled with opportunities as well as pitfalls. In the book, Johnson draws on over 40 years of experience as an engineer, consultant, and lecturer to prepare an easy-to-use guide to the basic concepts of land planning, subdivision design, and residential standards.

This edition has been updated with 5 new chapters reflecting the social and economic changes in the last 10 years. The new material includes sustainable land development concepts; the municipal government’s changing landscape; the developer, consultant, regulator relationship; due diligence practices; and land development as part of the engineering curriculum.

Owners, local officials, and real estate professionals will benefit from this comprehensive guide outlining the complexities of the residential land development business.

To purchase online, visit the ASCE Bookstore

Limited review copies are available for book reviews. Please contact Kevin Higgins,; phone 703-295-6266.


Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency.