Site plan conditions are typically necessary for high-density office, residential or mixed-use developments that are approved at or near the allowable maximum height or density. Increased density, height or other modifications can have an impact on the surrounding community and site plan conditions help to mitigate these impacts.
Site plan conditions:
- Ameliorate a project’s impacts on surrounding property, as well as any additional height and/or density or other bonuses that may be approved or modifications to Zoning Ordinance standards proposed by a developer;
- Ensure that a project substantially complies with County plans and policies and Zoning Ordinance regulations for a particular area; or
- Are in exchange for bonuses and other benefits approved as part of the project.
- The Standard Site Plan conditions are used as the basis for consideration with the acceptance and approval by the County Board of special exception site plans as provided in Zoning Ordinance Article 15.5.6. Changes or additional site plan conditions may be recommended to reflect the impacts of a specific project or the County’s plans and policies for a particular area.
The County’s Standard Site Plan Conditions were reformatted and revised in July 2013 to improve effectiveness from both a construction and monitoring perspective and to allow the public to review the status of site plan projects online once the County’s new permitting software is implemented. Effective with the reformatting of the standard site plan conditions in July 2013, on an annual basis staff reviews the standard site plan conditions to determine any changes or additions that have been approved by the County Board for a specific project that might be appropriate to apply to all special exception projects. In addition, the purpose of an annual review is to address changes in practice related to construction permitting, correct/reconcile any inconsistencies identified through site plan implementation, typographical errors or provide further clarifying language and better organization of the conditions in general.