I don't consider myself a professional planner although. as an architect I offer planning services. My experience has been limited to small projects and balancing building areas with parking and landscape requirements to reach that balance to delight the developer and to get the project through planning. This site did make it through the planning commission and the plat was recorded. However, having recently passed my LEED Green Associate accreditation, I have a different "take" on this project.
Briefly described, the site contains three identical two-story "Professional Office Buildings," a bank pad and ground surface parking. What I started to sketch was three story office buildings of equal area to the two-story buildings. Then I blocked out a multi-leveled parking garage in lieu of surface parking. What this concept achieves is a smaller footprint! I ended up with a lot more open space. That's what I wanted to do, but no developer would buy this scheme!