Minor Site Plan
I was contracted to provide a preliminary site plan for a parcel of land in a commercial district that is a little more than a half acre in size. The preliminary plan was favorable to the town and the client would like to proceed.
Upon reading the requirements of a "minor site plan" in the town's zoning bylaw I found that the plan needs to be drawn by a licensed professional engineer. architect and/or landscape architect. I do not work with engineers, so I advised my client that I could not compromise my ethical obligation with regard to the regulations.
The question in my mind remains: how would a landscape architect be qualified to make the site plan?
Perhaps the people who pushed for that section of the bylaw were primarily concerned with aesthetics rather than practical matters.
Hm, I've only performed a topographic/existing conditions and/or boundary survey for developers. If subdivision is contemplated of course my role concerning record maps is required. And if the development is approved I'm first in line for construction surveying.
In my mind a "site plan" is the developer's proposed improvements in cartoon fashion and certainly a landscape architect if it's primarily landscape changes could create one, hopefully with good topo/boundary info provided by me, which I would sign for. A "site plan" is for consumption by the planning commission concerning proposed improvements, not the purview of a land surveyor.
In some places architects are allowed to sign off on elevation certificates. That never made sense to me.