What is a site plan?_WFR

What is a site plan?_WFR

Author: Robert Diaz

Explore the components of a site plan and determine how to go about creating one. This tutorial provides several key components that every architectural student requires in order to start developing their design from start to finish. 

In this tutorial, you will:

  1. Be able to determine what a site is.
  2. How to identify certain aspect/regulations in regards to site development.
  3. Where to place a building.
  4. Be able to determine certain site types.

To understand a site plan in architecture.

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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:


  2. Size of LOT/Site (Dimensions)

  3. Define the AREA and SHAPE of site

  4. Know the SETBACKS, EASEMENTS, and RIGHT-OF-WAYS of site.

  5. Be familiar with different types of SOIL that exist on the site.

  6. Identify areas subjected to excessive runoff of surface due to water, flooding, and erosion.


  8. MAP climate conditions

  9. Determine all possible points of access from roads, sidewalks, trollies, etc.

Site Plan

Chapter on what goes into a SITE PLAN.
READ the PDF. You will have homework over this chapter.

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Source: Building Constructed Illustrated, by Francis D.K. Ching

Different Site Plan examples

1. Mixed-Use buildings on Site Plan


2. Lowes Store on Site Plan


3. Color Render of Shopping Center on Site Plan



4. House on Site Plan


5. Retail on Site Plan; document (This is what your TECHNICAL DRAWING will show)


6. Site Plan on Technical Drawing. (This drawing is conducted by a SURVEYOR)