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​The existing site plan should analyse and record the characteristics of the site; including its natural and built features that contribute to the site's identify and character.

A site plan is the starting point of any development, as it is the first step in understanding the current situation. It is required in all Design Statements and is a standard requirement for all resource consents.  

A successful site analysis enables someone to understand the key attributes of your site and its immediate surrounds. It provides a summary of the land and the existing physical, environme​ntal and cultural elements that are located on it.  

As a visual tool, it enables someone to quickly learn about the development site. The knowledge gathered when preparing a site analysis is crucial to the resulting development proposal.

A well prepared site plan will tell us what elements of the site contribute to the site’s identity and character, including natural and built features.

Key points
  • You can use symbols, colours and labels to add information to your map.  
  • Always remember to include a key, a north arrow and a scale bar to help others use the map.  
  • You can include supporting text to elaborate on the information, such as descriptions of the type of fencing along the boundary, or the value of the stream to the property.
​A good site plan explains:
  • What elements of the site are valued? 
  • Where are buildings, windows and private open space located on adjoining si​​tes and how do they interact with the subject site (e.g. overlooking from second storey decks)? 
  • Are there views to, through or from the site that should be considered?
  • Is the site affected by climatic conditions such as predominant winds or shadowing from structures/trees? 
  • What constraints does the site have (e.g. steep topography)?
  • What is the edge condition on all boundaries (e.g. neighbouring uses, busy road, solid fences, vegetation)?​

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