What is a Site Plan?

One of the first things to do before designing or placing a building in a location is determining the site. A site plan is a detailed graphic and written document that shows how a site will be developed. It is a legally binding, professionally prepared proposal for the use and development of a parcel of land. Many zoning ordinances have an entire article devoted to site plan review. If a site plan conforms with all zoning standards, it must be approved.

How to Prepare a Site Plan

The video describes how to prepare a site plan. It explores all potential barriers and requirements that you will go through, as the architect, to develop your site in preparation for your building.

 

Source: https://youtu.be/ro2w0Zc5bL4

Considerations for a Site Plan

Things to consider/know to start a site plan:

  LOCATION
  Size of LOT/Site (Dimensions)
  Define the AREA and SHAPE of site
  Know the SETBACKS, EASEMENTS, and RIGHT-OF-WAYS of site
  Be familiar with different types of SOIL that exist on the site
  Identify areas subjected to excessive runoff of surface due to water, flooding, and erosion
  LOCATE EXISTING TREES
  MAP climate conditions
  Determine all possible points of access from roads, sidewalks, trollies, etc.

Different Site Plan examples

Site Plan Commercial Carpark

Commercial Carpark Plan

Site Plan House

House Plan

Site Plan Shopping Complex

Shopping Complex Plan

Site Plan Mixed Use Buildings

Mixed Use Buildings Plan

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