As Lowe's considers potential store sites, we evaluate literally hundreds of factors, ensuring that as we expand, we maintain our focus on responsible development. Some of those factors include population growth and access to major roads and interchanges. We work closely with local officials, residents and, in some cases, nongovernmental groups that take an interest in land development issues throughout the process to address questions about access, environmental impact, architectural features and design, and landscaping around our stores.
Lowe's has developed an extensive evaluation process for each potential site that goes above and beyond the American Society of Testing & Materials E 1527-05 template and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "all appropriate inquiries" rules. We conduct an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for each potential site to help us evaluate that site's history and condition.
Through the ESA process, we evaluate past or current environmental conditions, including whether hazardous substances or contaminants have existed and the impact our development might have on the properties around us. Our ESA regularly includes research data regarding flood plain information; determination of the presence of endangered / protected flora / fauna and critical habitats; review of historic structures and cultural histories; surface water impact; local geologic and hydrogeologic impact; and soil surveys. Additionally, we routinely work with local developers and the Army Corps of Engineers to identify any wetlands that might be impacted by the development of a site.