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.
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.