Elements of a Good Site Plan

Elements of a Good Site Plan

What is a site plan?

A site plan, also known as a plot plan, is a construction site plan or an architectural site plan that serves as a comprehensible map of a construction site, providing all the information you need on how the project will be oriented on the property.

A builder or contractor will draw a diagram that depicts the plot of land, property lines, landscape features, structural elements, setbacks, roadways, utility poles and power lines, fencing, and on-site constructions. A site design may even include landscape aspects that don’t quite fit on your property.

Most site plans are 2D aerial maps that give you a clear overview of your property’s features. A 3D rendering is a three-dimensional, full-color plan that’s particularly useful for understanding the landscape, including plantings, the building’s parking, and outdoor structures. The site plan is usually found on the title page of your property’s collection of documents (also known as blueprints) and serves as a summary of the land. All of the different prints’ sheet indexes are included.

What should a Good Site Plan include

Creating a development site plan is similar to conveying the site and building’s storey. Consider it a way of telling the site’s and building’s storey. The more detail supplied in the plan, the better for plan evaluators to understand the design. The following are some of the most important aspects of a successful site plan:

1. Property Lines and Setbacks

The infrastructure and buildings in your immediate vicinity have a significant impact on your design. Make sure your strategy includes all of those measurements. What happens surrounding the property determines issues like zoning, building height, and fire concerns.

You cannot encroach on a neighboring property owner’s property, which is why property lines must be included on your development site plan. Property lines are marked around the perimeter of the property.

2. Nearby Street Names/Ground Signs

When featured on real estate and other marketing plans, street names assist potential customers or buyers in locating the property and determining the location’s desirability. It is critical to understand how traffic moves through and around your website. It will demonstrate the impact your building will have on site traffic. Therefore, street names with stop signs, traffic lights, and highway signage must be used for zoning, building, and development plans.

3. North Arrow

On plot layouts used for legal purposes, a north arrow or compass rose is necessary. Making the directions obvious on other plot plans aids visitors in becoming orientated to the site. Home buyers, for example, want to know what direction a house faces.

4. Easements

The feature of a property that is shared by someone else for a specific purpose is an easement. Easements come in a variety of forms, but they all allow others to access or utilize the property. Utility easements are extremely prevalent. They permit utility companies to construct, maintain, and repair utilities on the land.

There are also easement setbacks, which are the distances required from easements for buildings and other developments. Infringing on an easement can have substantial legal and financial ramifications. Indicate the precise location and dimensions of any easement.

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5. Existing Structures

The footprints of commercial buildings, homes, garages, and other structures demonstrate current use as well as whether or not there is room for expansion.

When applying for permits, some municipalities ask you to include distances between structures as well as distances to surrounding streets and property boundaries.

6. Parking Areas, Driveways and Walkways

When evaluating commercial project designs, municipal officials want to know if there is enough parking for the land or building’s intended purpose. Parking area size and the number of parking spaces should be given. Understand the local codes so that the parking lot you propose complies with them.

Because of the high amount of runoff produced by neighbouring waterways, drain fields, agricultural land, and wetlands, officials must additionally assess a planned parking space.

Parking lots, roads, and pathways, when depicted for educational reasons, show visitors where to park and how to get to the building.

7. Construction Limits and Lay Down Areas

This document describes the areas of the property where construction is taking place. It will also show the locations near the construction site where construction materials and equipment will be housed.

8. Existing and Proposed Conditions

Fence lines, utility lines, and electricity lines must all be depicted on your site design. It also informs you if other city officials, such as inspectors, are required to be present during the construction of your project.

Proposed adjustments must be included in order for plans to be approved and permissions to be obtained. For other sorts of plot designs, depicting modifications to the land is typical for marketing, money raising, and informing individuals who may be impacted by the changes. 

In addition, the plot layout should incorporate wells, septic tanks, drain fields, swimming pools, retaining walls, patios, decks, and other permanent improvements.

9. Permanent Bodies of Water

Shorelines, ponds, rivers, and wetlands define a property and influence how it can be developed — if it can be developed at all.

10. Landscape Features

When promoting a home, depicting green zones, woodland regions, and other landscape characteristics makes it more appealing.

Local officials may analyse how a proposed development or change to a property would affect the natural surroundings. This is frequent in locations with tight landscape or natural area rules.

Landscaping, both existing and projected, as well as erosion and runoff measures, should be considered. A good site plan will include both the measurement and the sort of landscape element.

11. Fire Hydrants

Access to the location is critical for occupants as well as emergency responders. Fire hydrants must be included on the development site plan when you submit it to the city for new construction.

12. Potential Hazards

Underground storage tanks and pipelines are among the dangers. The notification of these and related hazards is required in the majority of municipalities.

At INDOVANCE we comprehend each client’s or project’s requirements and also suggest comprehensive site solutions to improve the design to suit the business objectives. With the help of our experienced team and site planning expertise, we provide early feasibility analyses, due diligence, utility management, and a detailed site design with concept planning that can be accomplished in compliance with the standards and local codes and regulations. 

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com or contact us on +1-919-238-4044.