Site planning is an important aspect of site analysis. It is a branch of site planning tasked with the organisation and arrangement of the site, ensuring that all the project deliverables meet the desired requirements. In site planning, you rely on the elements water, buildings, paving, planting and landform to add value to what you are building. Other factors to consider also include circulation, security, drainage and privacy. When carrying out site analysis, here are a few reasons you should take site planning with the seriousness it deserves:
Guides the Development Concept
Site planning is important because it guides the development concept. Generally, development refers to the improvement of the conditions on a site so that it can meet your usage needs. Once you have identified your usage needs, you must come up with a constructional concept that will help you meet your needs as efficiently as possible. For instance, if the establishment of a large manufacturing plant will interfere with the flow of wind currents and lead to a bad microclimate, your development concept will centre on the mitigation of such negative effects. Your plan will focus on adjusting the orientation of the plant in such that a way that it will not impede the flow of winds. This improves the outcomes of the project you are carrying out.
Ensures Social Sustainability
Construction projects can affect the social attributes of the people in the communities around. Your project can affect the quality of life in the immediate communities or even interfere with the identity of the community. Site planning helps you to take such factors into account, and alienate their effects before they occur. For instance, you can identify the on-site employment opportunities you can offer the community members. In this way, they will use your project as a source of livelihood to improve their quality of life.
Ideal Planning Outcomes
Planning is one of the greatest challenges in urban centres today. Towns have to endure growing populations looking to utilise the available limited resources. Site planning will ensure that you integrate your project into the overall surrounding by building it in accordance with the character of the landscape. Put up structures at a reasonable distance from major roads and highways, leaving room for the road to encroach when need be. You won't have to carry out significant demolitions in the future. This is just an example of how site planning leads to desirable urban planning outcomes.