Site development planning entails the drawing to scale of plans to illustrate proposed development of a subject property. Such plans include details regarding the total footprint of structures, location of structures, designs, layouts for particular utilities, public access, and control over drainage, existing and planned vegetation, lights, landscape features, street layout and more.

The preliminary stage of site development planning entails plans drafted according to the standard engineer scale used by the city council or municipality. The site plan identifies the current uses of adjacent properties within a specific perimeter. It also indicates any activities that may affect the site development of the subject property.

The plan provides full details regarding right of way, public roads, sidewalks and any driveways. The current structures are described and their status indicated. Such status indications reveal whether the structures are occupied, vacant, and if occupied – then the main activities used for in addition to details regarding the architectural style and building materials used.

The plan also shows floodplains, existing drainage structures and slopes. The vegetation pattern and required preservation are indicated along with the current land use zoning.

The site development plan furthermore needs to indicate the proposed development of the subject property including future placement of structures, their architectural style and materials used in construction, driveways, possible noise generation through loading docks or perhaps generators, the proposed drainage and service layouts. The plans also indicate the distance from borders and no building lines, in addition to servitudes. The site development planner indicates the elevation of the buildings in addition to colours and main uses. The elevation drawings are done according to the architectural scale of the municipality to indicate the height of buildings and relationship with surrounding elements.

As part of the site development planning phase, the planner needs to indicate the total number of structures, dwellings, parking spaces, floor area and any other elements relevant to the development for the purpose of compliance with the requirements of the municipality. The plan must include the plant botanical names and sizes and the relevant utility connection points. Following the preliminary site development plan a final plan is drawn up and submitted to indicate all the above.

Site development planning forms an important part of getting the required zoning and building plans approval for a proposed development whether such is for recreational, commercial, industrial or residential use. The plan entails a graphic representation of the elements discussed above. The town planner works with the relevant professionals such as land surveyors, architects, developers, construction project leaders, landscape architects and engineers to collate data and to ensure that the proposed development meets the local authority’s requirements.

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