I know that doesn't fully answer your question, but I would have to look at it on a case by case basis. Are you looking at really inexpensive lots? The ones that are the hardest to develop, or have issues like you mention above, are going to be in the lower price ranges. You may try looking up in price range a bit and see if there is a difference.
There are ways for your Realtor to help in your search by eliminating sloped lots, lots near water, etc. Or narrow down to lots that back up to a park, or a greenbelt.... yet still keeping them larger in lot size, with a view, and in your price range. There may not be a ton to look at it, and it may be a matter of snagging a good one as soon as it comes on the market, but at least that will keep you from having to weed through a ton of listings to find what you are looking for. Are you set up on an automatic search like that?
Another thing your Realtor can do if you are relocating and looking from Wisconsin, is preview the homes that meet your criteria. By visiting the site, sometimes we are able to convey (and photograph) a better description of potential hazards or issues that may not be visible on the RMLS photographs.
Being retired, we will want to have a reasonable size lot with a patio, porch, or deck with a decent view which probably means some geographic problems. We just don't want to deal with a flooded lot or house or soil sliding down a ravine during heavy rains or a earthquake.
I like the idea of a creek in the crawlspace as long as it's like Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water house.
I have been looking via the web at what I think are the nicest places and are usually larger and more expensive than what we need. Since the lot of our house has over 14,000 sq ft and is on a small 3 acre park, we're not expecting to find low cost housing that matches our current life style.