SITE PLAN REVIEW

Site Plan Review

WHAT IS SITE PLAN REVIEW?

Site Plan Review is the second of the three levels of Zoning Review, which is the primary component of most Zoning Development Review applications.  During Site Plan Review, staff confirm that a proposed development complies with all applicable Zoning Code standards and has completed any other related components. While still an administrative review, Site Plan Review is a more detailed review than Basic Zoning Review.

WHEN IS SITE PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED?

Site Plan Review is required in these situations:

  • Any new construction, building addition or use enlargement or exterior renovation of an existing structure in the NDO, LNC, NDI, UNC, or P district on a lot of 2,400 SF or larger
  • Any new construction or building addition, enlargement, or exterior renovation of an   existing structure in the HC, UI, or GI district on a lot of 8,000 SF or larger
  • Any off-street parking area in the NDO, NDI, LNC, UNC, UI, or P district that includes more than 10 parking spaces or more than 2,500 SF of surface area
  • Any construction (including additions and rehabilitations) in the H district
  • Any new construction, enlargement, or renovation of a multi-unit residence of 4 or more units
  • Any development requiring Site Plan Review listed in Section 911.04 - Use Standards
  • Any development subject to Residential Compatibility Standards in Section 916

Properties without a valid Certificate of Occupancy may also be subject to Site Plan Review.

IS THERE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR SITE PLAN REVIEW PROJECTS?

A public notice will be required if the proposal includes a request that qualifies for an Administrator Exception.

A public hearing at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) will be required if the proposal includes:

  • Any request that requires a Special Exception
  • Any request that requires a Variance from any of the Zoning Code requirements

During Site Plan Review, Zoning staff will identify any Special Exception and/or Variance requests that the project would need from the ZBA in order to be approved as proposed. The applicant may choose to revise the proposal to bring the project into compliance with the Zoning Code requirements instead of proceeding with the public hearing.

IS THERE A FEE FOR SITE PLAN REVIEW?

Yes. The fee for the Site Plan Review component is $750. Additional fees may apply for other applicable components (see the Fee Schedule for more information).

What ARE THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

The Site Plan Review application package must include:

  • Zoning and Development Review Application form (completed and signed)
  • Site Plan
  • Landscape plan with materials labeled
  • Other documentation as required depending on the scope and/or location of the project

What other INFORMATION IS needed for Site Plan Review?

Depending on the scope of work and location of the site, additional documentation may be required. Zoning staff will help identify what these will be. Commonly required items include:

  • Complete Design Review submission
  • Grading plan
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Stormwater Management Plan
  • Construction Management Plan
  • Roof plan and screening illustrations for HVAC
  • Other drawings or documents as required for specific projects to fully demonstrate the scope of work and how it complies with the Zoning Code

What needs to be shown on the site plan?

Site plans must include, as a minimum, the following information:

  • Name of property owner
  • Date of preparation
  • Location and dimensions of all existing and proposed property lines
  • Locations and dimensions of all applicable utilities and other easements
  • North arrow
  • Width and name of all streets and ways
  • Locations, dimensions, and heights of all existing and proposed structures, parking, and driveways, and any other features on the property
  • Landscaping, screening, and street trees
  • Depending on the scope of work, additional information may be required as requested

ARE PROFESSIONAL DRAWINGS REQUIRED?

A professionally stamped site plan or survey is required for any project involving new construction, building additions, substantial accessory structures, and/or parking. For many projects, site plans may be stamped by an architect, surveyor, or engineer. If there is conflicting data about the location of a property line, a surveyor’s stamp will be required.

Landscape plans should be stamped by a landscape architect.

Grading plans, geotechnical reports, and stormwater management plans should be stamped by engineers certified in these fields.

Zoning staff will make the final determination whether or not a project requires professionally stamped drawings.

WHAT OTHER REVIEWS MAY BE REQUIRED?

Depending on the scope of work and location, any of the additional Planning Reviews, Public Notices, and Public Hearings may apply. The most common ones are Design Review, Historic Review, and the Environmental Reviews.

WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP TO APPLY FOR SITE PLAN REVIEW?

Email the complete required application package to Anne Kramer at anne.kramer@pittsburghpa.gov. If the applicant is unable for any reason to submit the application package electronically, paper submissions will be accepted on paper no larger than 11x17. DO NOT submit full-sized paper construction drawings to the Zoning Division.  Once an application has been submitted, staff will review and reply with initial comments.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?

Once a complete application is submitted, Site Plan Review may take 6-8 weeks. Review results include more information required, revisions requested, or approved. Other required components may be running concurrently, but have different response times and outcomes.

WHEN IS THE SITE PLAN REVIEW COMPLETED?

Final Zoning approval will be issued once a project complies with all applicable Zoning Code requirements, has successfully completed all required components, and paid all applicable fees. At that time, staff will provide the applicant with a Zoning Voucher and approved Zoning packet. In most cases, this voucher and approval packet will need to be submitted to the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections to request any applicable permits for the scope of work.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Site Plan Review, email Anne Kramer at anne.kramer@pittsburghpa.gov.