Cemetery Land Planning
A family estate cemetery section offers a considerable increase in burial yield over traditional single casket lots. A cemetery section consisting of 21 family estate suites (shown below) offers at least 453 interments in a variety of casket lots, cremation lots and columbarium interment niches and requires 0.15 acres of land. This is the equivalent of 100-130 casket lots based upon a typical yield per acre.
The family estate suites are designed to allow for easy grave site access for funeral activities, visitors and a variety of cemetery operations, including opening/closings, installation of monuments/columbaria, general site maintenance and snow removal for seasonal grave site access.
Each suite contains reasonable space for low maintenance native ‘softscape’ elements such as woody plant material (small trees and shrubs) and herbaceous plant materials (annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses). Memorial benches, and planters with seasonal displays can also be incorporated into some suites – particularly those with paved ‘courtyard’ surfaces.