It was 1960 when a local developer approached John Yarbrough
about starting his own surveying company. Little did John know
or expect what was to follow. It was that day when one of
Charlotte’s more prominent engineering and surveying firms was born.
It was that day the roots of Yarbrough-Williams & Houle, Inc. were
As a result of hard work and dedication, the company began to grow.
A list of clientele that included several of the area’s most
recognized developers and builders grew as well. A project
list spanning almost 50 years includes many well-known neighborhoods
that comprise the very fabric of the Charlotte area.
Neighborhoods such as: Foxcroft, Raintree, Montibello,
Skybrook, Longview and The Palisades. Other projects were
Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Latta Arcade and The Charlotte
Mr. Williams joined the firm in 1969 contributing to the growth of
the land planning and engineering departments. He became
involved in the growth of the Charlotte’s development process that
is in place today. His public service included the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Zoning Ordinance Re-write Committee in the
late 1970’s, the Mecklenburg County Drainage Commission in the
1980’s, the North Carolina Housing Cost Task Force, and served as
President of the Charlotte Home Builder’s Association in 1998.
Joining the firm in 1995, Mr. Houle helped the company grow to
another level. Keeping the company tradition, he served the
public and the industry well. Mr. Houle’s service to the
community was recognized by his peers with the presentation of
HBAC’s most Distinguished Service Award in 1999. He served on
the first Building Development Commission, CMUD Developer Liaison
Committee and many other stakeholder groups.
The company was a sole proprietorship until incorporation in 1984 as
John R. Yarbrough & Associates, Inc. The name would then
change to Yarbrough-Williams & Associates, Inc. prior to the current
name adopted on the company’s 40th anniversary.
Since those first roots were established in 1960, YWH has continued
to grow. Charlotte’s metropolitan region has grown and we have
engineered and surveyed over 2,000 miles of new streets, water and
sewer lines and over 100,000 new homes. YWH has made Charlotte
home for nearly a quarter-million people! Home to YWH is our
own building at 730 Windsor Oak Ct. conveniently located between
South Blvd. and I-77 near the central location of I-77 and I-485.
A warm welcome awaits you at Yarbrough-Williams & Houle, Inc.
We hope you plan to come by soon.