Being where you are building check out any regulations associated with your county/city. There are some pretty weird regulations out there by some of the counties. Since you are close to a subdivision make sure that subdivision doesn't have some rules against anything you are doing also.
Make friends with the people in the houses that are close to your property.
I reiterate, make sure you know exactly what the other people that will be with you on the property are willing to do and even what they are willing to put up with, if you have chickens do they mind the rooster in the mornings? How much are they willing to help with, do they expect "their" part of the property to be used by you for farming activities or not, do they understand the need for earth works/plantings to capture water, change wind patterns, combat fire hazards?
It sounds like you are just starting your permaculture journey, the first step to understanding what is needed on a property is observation. It can be hard to rein ourselves in and just observe the land for a time, but it can also be very rewarding. If you don't yet have the Permaculture Manual by Bill Mollison I highly recommend it, and if you have the time and funds attending a permaculture course would help you. Cliff Davis at Spiral Ridge Permaculture in Summertown, TN has one scheduled for this spring. Info at http://www.spiralridgepermaculture.com/permaculture-design-course/
check it out.