A site plan is a drawing that shows an interested party what the plans are for developing land. It basically serves the same purpose as a house plan, although it is for the entire property. Also, this plan does not need to include the floor plans of any buildings. This is often considered one of the key components in getting a construction project approved. Many jurisdictions will require a site plan before even moving forward in the approval process for a project, especially a commercial project.
Architects develop a site plan to develop land.
In most cases, the design of the site is carried out by a professional architect, working under the direction of the project owner. This is the person who will probably also be responsible for putting together a plan for the site. In most cases, it’s best to have your document drawn by a professional, as it needs to be to scale and as accurate as possible. Any changes may need to go to a governing board, such as a site plan review board established by a city, for approval.
Site planning may include the implementation of green space areas.
There are many things that site plans will have in common. First, there should be some kind of directional guidance, most likely a compass, or at least an arrow pointing north. In addition, it will reflect the location and size of each building to be built, or that currently exists, as well as the parking lot, and even the landscape design. A landscape architect may be called in to help develop a suitable plot plan and add those features to the plan. Measurements should also be included.
Adequate parking space should be considered when developing a site plan.
Materials used will also be reflected on a site plan. For example, if a parking lot and sidewalks are to be paved, the difference between concrete or asphalt is very important and could make a difference to a review board. Without noting this on the plan, approval is likely to be delayed, or even denied, until this information is included. The materials used can significantly alter the appearance and functionality of the site, which is why it is so important to include that information.
Site plans should be drawn to scale and be as accurate as possible.
For those who are interested in sharing their development plan with the public, they may decide to add color to the site plan. Although this is not normally necessary, it can help increase public interest in the project by showing what colors are anticipated for the surrounding landscaping and paved areas. However, a board may not accept an official site plan if color is included. It’s always best to check with your local government body, usually a city or county, before adding any color to the official plan.
The site planning process involves taking into consideration any physical attributes of the area to be developed.