When you purchase a vacant piece of land and want to build a home on it, you will need to go through a site development process. A site development process is all the work that goes into getting the site ready before constructing a physical building can begin. Site development requires multiple steps before it can be complete.
Access to the Site
When developing the site, you need to figure out how the builder will have access to the site throughout the building process and how you will have access to the site once it is constructed.
You will need to allow the builder to have enough room to deliver materials and use equipment without it getting stuck. If heavy equipment is used, you need to have enough room for that on the site.
When determining site access, you also need to factor in things such as the location of mailboxes, existing buildings, and trees.
Access to the Perimeter
Perimeter access is different than site access. With perimeter access, you are focused on how material, people, and equipment will move around once they are on-site. You need to keep a clear perimeter around the property so that all these elements can move around easily.
You need to consider how things such as trees on the side of the property will impact the flow of equipment and materials. A perimeter plan is all about planning for the movement of items, equipment, and people during the construction process.
Next, you need to know precisely where the building will go on the site and what elevation you want the building to be. The building's elevation will impact how much earth has to be moved to make that happen and will impact drainage and water flow on the property.
The building location needs to be based on functional needs as much as aesthetic needs.
Finally, you need to account for safety on the building site. You need to ensure that your project has a designated project manager who will oversee all the construction movement and coordinate the work. You need to make sure that you have a builder's risk insurance policy in place that will protect you against natural and human damage. You need to have a plan for keeping supplies safe, such as a portable construction shed, temporary fencing, or security cameras.
When working with raw property, you need to have a site development plan in place. Determining where to place the building, site access, perimeter access, and having a safety plan in place are just four of the first parts of an effective construction site development plan.