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The risk of sinkhole formations is something to consider during the design of a land development project in karst areas. If it is determined that your site is located in a karst area, you might find it helpful to do some of your own research on the topic of karst geology so that you can develop a better understanding of the topic.
The following are two books that I would recommend.
1) Geomorphology and Hydrology of Karst Terrains by William B. White
This book provides a detailed explanation of the origins of karst topography and includes a discussion addressing problems involving land use in karst areas.
2) Land Use Policy and Practice on Karst Terrains by Spencer Fleury
This book discusses the impact that karst areas have on land development regulations.