A podcast about the dirt on land use, development and inside politics of Arizona.


People+Politics+Development+Drama = Dirt to Development

Dirt to Development is a one-of-a-kind podcast that provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest developments in Arizona – and the people, politics, developers, brokers, architects and neighbors that make it all happen. You’ll hear insane stories and insights from industry experts, city staff and intriguing community personalities. And yes, there will be laughter.

June 22, 2022

Finding the land deal can be tricky but negotiating the transaction can be more challenging given seller demands, title exceptions, and more. Dave Baker guides us through the real estate transaction, purchase agreement, title review and closing.

June 8, 2022

Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince. Land development and site selection is the same, except choosing a poor site can blow up your deal…and your job. In this episode we learn from the best as they guide us through what to avoid when evaluating potential sites.

May 25, 2022

Rezoning land is like navigating a storm. One wrong turn and your entitlement case falls apart. Listen in to hear tips and tricks to help navigate your way to success with top zoning experts.

May 10, 2022

When the Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) program launched at ASU in 2006, few people could foresee the role it would play in development projects across Arizona. In the 16 years since, its influence is seen in the graduates, relationships, and projects that have been created because of it (as well as other copycat

April 27, 2022

Agritopia is to planning what the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album is to music – a masterpiece. Joe Johnston’s accomplishments as a developer and entrepreneur include other successes like Epicenter, Coffee Plantation, Joe’s BBQ, Joe’s Farmhouse Grill, Liberty Market, and more. Listen as we hear how Joe reinvented his family farm into a model for place-making