Photo courtesy of Lynn
Betts, USDA NRCS
Local governments can adopt site plan review regulations to govern
the development of individual parcels of land. Site plan review
requirements can be adopted in a stand-alone regulation, or can
be incorporated into a zoning ordinance.
Since site plan review is concerned with how a parcel is developed,
what a development will look like after it is completed, and how
it will impact its neighbors, required site plan elements (that
are defined by the municipality in the local law) may include:
parking, site access (for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles),
screening, signs, landscaping, architectural features, location
and dimensions of buildings, adjacent land uses, and physical
features meant to protect adjacent land uses and the community
as a whole.