What Is a Site Plan?
The site plan shows the proposed landscape design and includes relevant existing conditions. It shows the overall layout and placement of the major design elements.
Depending on the size of your property, the site plan may be detailed enough to show paving patterns, or it may show only layout lines for paved surfaces. In the example here, the landscape architect’s site plan shows the placement of major trees and shrubs, circulation and access. Lawn areas are distinguished from other ground covers. This is a great example of a site plan that shows an overall layout with defined spaces in relation to the home floor plan.
The site plan includes the property line, typically drawn in a dash-dot-dot-dash format; lines for setbacks and rights-of-way; and relevant utilities information. Existing condition information is taken directly from the surveyor’s drawing of the property. The landscape architect draws existing and proposed vegetation using basic symbols, with the canopy spread of trees drawn to scale and sometimes with approximate shadow casts. The site plan also includes the house footprint, a north arrow, a graphic scale and a legend for the plant symbols and line types.