Landscape Design Templates

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Free, Easy-to-Permit Landscape Design Templates for the Fire Rebuild

The Partnership has developed eight scalable landscape design templates for the fire rebuild. These free, front yard designs are scalable to fit landscaped areas up to 2,500 square feet, ready-to-permit, and in compliance with local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances. The eight front yard plans are available in two of each of these styles:

  • Sonoma Native/Adaptive – an emphasis on native and fire safer plants
  • Sonoma Eco-Edible – a mix of edible and habitat plantings that maximize sustainability
  • Sonoma Contemporary – a modern, minimalistic and clean look that is easy to maintain
  • Sonoma Cottage – a Sonoma version of a cottage garden with natural materials and colorful plantings

Click on the links below for the following:

Architectural Rendering: A three-dimensional computer generated rendering of the template installed as designed representing what the landscape might look like once matured. (Coming Soon! – Sonoma Cottage A, Native Adaptive A, Sonoma Contemporary A & Sonoma Contemporary B are available now.)

Concept Plan: Hand-drawn illustration of full-yard concepts show the interconnectedness of the back and side yards with the front yard, displaying optional features that you may choose to incorporate such as rain water catchment, graywater systems, rain gardens, swales and laundry to landscape systems. While these features add costs, they need to be considered during home design and construction. Additions like stubbing out a line for graywater or grading the yards for rain gardens and swales can be done for little or no additional cost during construction so that the features can be added later on when you are ready to tackle home improvement projects in the future. (Note: The full-yard concept plans are not intended to be used for planting or permit purposes.)

Design Template: These are the architectural plan sheets for the design which can be modified for your site. Each template includes the Permit Cover Sheet, Layout and Planting Plan, Irrigation Plan, and Detail Sheets that provide specifications for materials and construction. Each Design Template is now available with the driveway located on the left or right side of the house.

Cost Opinion: An opinion on the cost to install the landscape as designed.

*All Design Templates packets have been updated as of May 2, 2019.

Native Adaptive A
[Concept Plan]
[Architectural Rendering]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

Native Adaptive B
(Corner Lot)

[Concept Plan]
[Architectural Rendering]
[Design Template – Side Yard Left]
[Design Template – Side Yard Right]
[Cost Opinion]

Sonoma Contemporary A
[Concept Plan]
[Architectural Rendering]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

Sonoma Contemporary B
[Concept Plan]
[Architectural Rendering]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

Sonoma Cottage A
[Concept Plan ]
[Architectural Rendering]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

Sonoma Cottage B
(Cul-de-sac Lot)

[Concept Plan]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]
Eco-Edible A
[Concept Plan]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

 

 

All Eight Concept Plans as one PDF file (3.7MB)

Eco-Edible B
[Concept Plan]
[Design Template – Driveway Left]
[Design Template – Driveway Right]
[Cost Opinion]

 

 

Optional 8.5″x11″ Application and Detail Packets – In an effort to make printing easier and less expensive, we have created these optional 8.5″ x 11″ (letter size) application and specification packets. These packets can be used in lieu of pages L-0.0 and all Detail sheets. The Planting Plan (L1.0) and Irrigation Plan (L2.0) sheets will still need to be printed at full size. To use this option, print out the Required Permit Application Packet and any detail sheets from the optional packets to submit with your Planting and Irrigation Plan sheets.

Sample Mark-Up of Template – The templates are not ready for submittal to the permitting agency until you mark them up with your site specific details and your material and design option selections. This sample mark-up provides an example of what that might look like. – PDF (6.3MB)

Desk Manual – A step by step guide that provides detailed instructions on how to use the Templates and modify them for your site. Desk Manual – Updated May 2019 – PDF (1.9MB)

Printing Guide and Order Form – A guide on what to print for submittal to the permitting agency. Includes a checklist order form to provide to a print shop. Printing Guide and Order Form – PDF (275KB)

Plant Lists for Plant Substitutions

Plants in the landscape templates may be substituted using the following lists. Plants in the landscape templates are categorized either as low or medium water use. Use the appropriate plant list to substitute low or medium water use plants.

Images of the plants on the lists can be found at the Low and Medium Water Landscape Plants Gallery developed by Coffey Strong.

FAQ & Resources

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Resources page provides useful information, tips and resources to help you understand and use the templates, get help with customizing a template and installing the landscape and find more information on the permit process. – Last updated March 5, 2019

March 28, 2019 Workshop Presentations

Rebuilding Landscapes Part 1 – PDF (3.3MB) and Part 2 – PDF (7.1MB) – presented by Ann Baker, Ann Baker Landscape Architecture

Using the Landscape Design Templates – PDF (4.6MB) – presented by Deb Lane, City of Santa Rosa Water