Site Evaluation Process
...storage condo development
Site Evaluation Checklist
This checklist is designed to compliment the storage condo development manual. It is important to get the detailed information and explanations from the manual. This checklist keeps you track so that you don’t overlook a crucial aspect of development and/or analysis.
Preliminary site information
Zoning classification – what is permitted
Survey – basic lot dimensions, any easements?
General topography – gentle slope is best
Evaluate what developments are next to it – is there a “nice fit”
What utilities are available? Is there an architectural review process or a planning commission approval requirement?
Is the land on the lower end of the price range for its “sub-area”
Is the land “too” cheap?
What are the rents and the prices of commercial properties in the immediate area? Do the restrictions and covenants affect the design and development costs?
How is storm water handled? Are there any wetlands, storm ditches etc?
Review the site selection process again and ask these basic questions:
Generally does it meet the criteria?
What items have you identified that could pose the biggest problem/cost/design issues, etc
Can the cost to own a unit compare to renting and does the estimated price produce a “wow” factor
Is there a review process that involves a discretionary decision by the local authorities?
Would you shell out your cash for unit in this location – don’t take this lightly!
Ready to go to the next level
Sketch up a preliminary site plan concept.
Review preliminary site plan with local authorities/departments
• parking spaces
• traffic patterns
• fire lane/hydrant
• open space
• building size
• permitted uses
• condominium plat
Evaluate in more detail the storm water requirements. You may have to rely on an engineer. Estimate the design and construction costs
Perform a “field survey” – visualize building locations, drive isle, etc
Perform a wetland delineation if necessary
Have the water and sewer infrastructure marked.
signage requirements /hwy 51 exposure
proposed utility locations and costs
preliminary grading plan – soil balance
permitted use – CDA/Tif #3 / increment requirements
landscape plantings / business park covenants and restrictions and association fees
preliminary title work / easements , etc
review re condition report
building inspector report
• fire exiting
• class/use – personal storage and use
• ADA accessibility
• Wall ratings based on layout
• GFI protection
• Romex vs conduit
• Lighting diagram
• State approved plans