Site Planning Checklist


Download Checklist:
•    Site Planning Checklist (Pdf)
•    Site Planning Checklist (Excel)

The Site Planning Checklist includes a list of over 300 environmental, social, and financial considerations that might direct decision-making about the best practices that might be implemented. While the list is a bit daunting, it is a useful tool in understanding the opportunities and constraints of your site.  You may not need to consider every item on this list on every site, the checklist is a good reminder of many environmental, economical, social and policy/planning factors that should be considered when planning green infrastructure projects.

See the Planning Checklist resources to help you find correct information about the most critical factors when planning your site. 

Checklist items are delineated by a set of 7 steps critical to the master planning phase of sustainable sites:

  1. Consider on-site natural resources
  2. Consider on-site infrastructure/built environment
  3. Consider off-site natural resources
  4. Consider off-site infrastructure/built environment
  5. Consider municipal, state, and federal guidelines/laws
  6. Consider the programmatic requirements
  7. Gather possible investigative reports and other information from design team members

Within each of the first 6 steps, the checklist reminds you to look for and log information as it relates to water resources, land forms, air quality, soils, livability, micro- and macroclimate, vegetation, renewable energy, cultural resources, staging and storage considerations, utilities, local suppliers & services, regulations, fire hazards, zoning, and stakeholder process. For step 7, we recommend reports that might apply to your project and include a checklist of items that may influence the design of sustainable sites and should be included in the report.

As you consider on-site built resources, look for
opportunities. This derelict pool could be a great place to store harvested rainwater underground (with the addition of a liner or bladder, cover, and pump)
without requiring additional excavation.

  Humans have lived in Oregon for thousands of years. While cultural resources like these petroglyphs at the John Day Dam, aren’t directly related to stormwater, they are important to the history of Oregon and the United States. Take care to preserve these national treasures as you develop.
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