Develop a site design plan that shows the proposed development project in the context of current site conditions and processes.
How to proceed
Develop a Site Design Plan, starting with the Existing Conditions Plan and incorporating proposed development and site changes, including:
- Building areas and locations
- Pedestrian circulation paths
- Access points
- Overwater structures
- Shore protection measures
- Soil amendment and vegetation planting
Fit these elements into the site while maintaining critical existing site features and processes identified in the existing conditions plan. The following examples depict a typical site design plan.
If protecting your shoreline from erosion is part of the intent of your project, Chapters 5 and 6 of the Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines (Johannessen et al., 2014 – see full reference under “For more information”) may provide insights into alternative strategies and methods for weighing the options on your site. While developed for marine shorelines, there are also useful ideas for lake shoreline situations.
Example site design plan (see next page for cross-sections) Credit: Design by Coastal Geologic Services; from Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines (2014)
Example site design plan—cross-sections to provide detail Credit: Design by Coastal Geologic Services; from Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines (2014)
For more information
Check your local government for development application requirements, including existing conditions assessments and site plans, for shorelines.
Johannessen, J., A. MacLennan, A. Blue, J. Waggoner, S. Williams, W. Gerstel, R. Barnard, R. Carman, and H. Shipman, 2014. Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington. 419 p. wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01583/