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Commercial Real Estate Development

Commercial real estate development is a multi-faceted and complex process.  From purchasing of raw land to renovation and re-lease of existing businesses, numerous activities and stake-holders may be involved.  It’s critical when considering commercial real estate development to work with a firm like Conser Commercial who is widely experienced in managing such complex projects.

Developers are the coordinators of all the activities that take place to convert an idea on paper to real property.  There is a distinction between construction and commercial real estate development although many developers also construct.  Developers usually buy land, finance deals, build or have builders build, create, imaging, control and orchestrate the process from beginning to end.

While developers often take the greatest risk—they often receive the greatest rewards.  Developers work with many stake-holders including architects, city planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, leasing agents and more.  Matthew Conser is an experienced commercial real estate broker with the CCIM accreditation and can guide you expertly.

Woman Surveying Commercial Real Estate Site


Conser Commercial’s extensive knowledge of the Oregon construction landscape can help the commercial real estate developer whether they intend to build their own or contract out construction.

  • Construction
  • Utilities: Private and public
  • Storm water and water quality
  • Easements


In 2011 “green construction” grew 39 percent.  That growth in LEED this year reflected a growing recognition in the market that good green design and construction performs better both environmentally and economically. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Conser Commercial can help you assess where green development makes sense. Plus you can feel good when you visit as it’s hosted by a company that uses 100% wind power by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset their energy use.





Entitlement with regard to land development is the legal method of obtaining approvals for the right to develop property for a particular use. The entitlement process is complicated, time consuming and can be costly, but knowing what can and can’t do with a piece of property is vital to determining the real estate feasibility of a commercial real estate development project.

Conser Commercial and Matthew Conser are experienced in the following areas.

  • Planning Commission and City Counsel public hearings
  • Zoning
  • Permitting
  • Site plan review
  • Conditional use permits
  • Annexation
  • Comprehensive plan amendments
  • LID’s (Limited Improvement Districts)
  • Assessments
  • Systems development charges and impact fees
  • Natural features issues
  • Archaeological studies
  • Historical Preservation


Wetland management policy in Oregon operates in the context of state and federal laws, regulations and policies, which require the issuance of permits for the filling and alteration of wetlands, and which require the replacement of lost wetland functions.  Conser Commercial can help with the following:

  • Indicators
  • Delineations
  • Concurrence
  • Mitigation
  • Removal and fill permits


Access to a commercial real estate development and the subsequent impact on traffic patterns is critical to understand.  Issues including those below can be professionally handled and prepared by Conser Commercial.

  • Access management
  • Traffic memos
  • Traffic reports
  • Right of Way aquisitions

Government Agencies

Navigating the maze of Government agencies that can become involved in any commercial real estate project is an area of expertise for Matthew Conser and Conser Commercial.  Matthew is well versed in interacting with governmental agencies including:

  • ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation)
  • DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality
    • Phase 1, Phase 2 and PPA’s (Prospective Purchaser Agreements)
  • DSL (Department of State Lands)
  • ACOE (Army Corp of Engineers)
  • NMFS (National Marien Fisheries Service)
  • NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Since such a small percentage of the purchase price of commercial real estate development is normally provided from the assets of the developer, available sources of funds need to be available to finance development projects. The more common financial sources fall into four groups: (1) primary sources, (2) financial middlemen, (3) other sources and (4) the secondary mortgage market.  Conser Commercial can help to explore which financing options are available and best for the project.

  • Conventional lending
  • Private financing
  • Sell carried financing
  • Mortgage lending
  • Construction financing
  • Appraisal process

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