The term site plan has two definitions. As used by developers and building contractors, site plan refers to a drawing that shows the proposed location of a new house within the lot with dimensions and setbacks from the property lines (Figure 6—11). This drawing instructs the building contractor where to locate the new house on the
site. A site plan may also be used to show the location of house additions or other proposed structures such as detached garages, decks, and swimming pools.
The second use of the term site plan is by landscape architects, architects, and engineers to describe the scaled drawing that shows the proposed landscape design or layout of a site. The preliminary design and master plan discussed throughout this book are both site plans.