What Is Site Development

Site development is the implementation of all improvements that are needed for a site before construction may begin. Development means any man-made change to improve real property.


Site Developement


Site Development usually includes:

  • Paving

o   Vehicular Paving

o   Pedestrian Paving

  • Stormwater Management

o   Naturalized Detention

o   Filter Strip/Sedimentation Basin

o   Bioswale

o   Filtration Basin/Rain Garden

o   Erosion and Sediment Control

o   Cisterns

  • Soil
  • Landscape Design
  • Lawns
  • Green Roofs
  • Planting Accessories
  • Irrigation
  • Lighting
  • Fencing
  • Site Furniture
  • Outdoor Learning Spaces


Site Development Process

The site development process happens in three phases: Planning and Design, Construction, and Post-construction.

Planning and Design

The first step in site development is Planning and Design. A zoning and site analysis must be conducted in the proposed area in order to meet local ordinance and regulations. Permits must be requested and approved to continue. The soil on which the property is to be developed on is tested to ensure that the ground is stable, meet environmental standards, and ensure that the area is not contaminated with hazardous chemicals or mirco-biology. After the soil test is conducted, a program is developed to ensure that all local guidelines and are met and all foreseeable discrepancies are accounted for. A budget is then established in order to keep project costs under control. A site design or site plan is created to graphically show all of the desired elements to be developed and incorporated on the property.


Construction is done in sequences in which all parties involved construct the desired site elements in sequence choosing the appropriate materials and laying out all the natural elements first followed by soil preparation and greenery placements.


At the 11 month and also 2 year intervals after construction, the site is visited and photographed so that that an evaluation is conducted to inspect the success of paving, stormwater management, plants, irrigation, site furniture and other elements of site amenities.