A site plan is a detailed engineered drawing which depicts the location of improvements on a parcel of land and also provides information demonstrating compliance with zoning and other technical requirements of County and State codes and ordinances.

Requirements

A Site Plan is required to be approved for any use for which an “X” appears in the “Site Plan” column in Part 3 of Article 3 of the Zoning Ordinance, and is required to be approved prior to the issuance of a Zoning or Building Permit for the use and prior to the commencement of a use on a parcel. A site plan is not required to repair an existing structure unless the repair relates to a change in use or an intensification of an existing use.  Information about the various types of site plans can be found in Article 12 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Which Site Plan Applies to My Project?

To determine what site plan requirements are required for a project, please refer to the table below. In most cases involving new buildings or other infrastructure, a major site plan prepared by a licensed engineer is required. In cases where minimal physical changes to a site are proposed with a use, it may be possible to satisfy the site plan requirement with a site plan waiver or a minor site plan, neither of which typically require an engineer. The determination as to which type of site plan application is required in a specific case is established by rules in the Zoning Ordinance. An overview of these requirements is provided below. For application forms and procedures, click on the site plan type. Please contact the Department of Community Development Site Plan coordinator to discuss your proposal prior to the submission of any materials.

Site Plan Type  Generally, when is type authorized?
Please note, the determination as to which type of Site Plan application is appropriate for a particular case must be made by Zoning Staff. Please check with Zoning before filing an application
Major Site Plan New developments where at least 10,000 square feet of impervious area is proposed. Major site plans are prepared by a licensed professional and typically include SWM and E&S plans as part of the overall site plan. A formal pre-application meeting is strongly encouraged.
Minor Site Plan New development of a property where less than 10,000 square feet of impervious area is proposed.
Site Plan Amendment Where a development has an existing site plan approval (major or minor) and the change being proposed does not create more than 10,000 square feet of land disturbance or 10,000 square feet of new impervious area.
Site Plan Waiver In cases where an approved site plan does not exist for the site: Where no new buildings are proposed or minor additions to new buildings, with no significant land disturbance; no increase in traffic, parking or other impacts; and no requirements triggering bonding.
Site Plan Revision In cases where an approved site plan exists for the site: Changes to site, building or use with no increase in total site area; may include minor adjustment to size, layout and locations of buildings and features provided such changes have no impacts on intensity of use, total land disturbance or impervious area.

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