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Development Process Guide

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Your Guide Throughout the Development Process

The City Planning and Development Department has streamlined the City’s development review, approval and permitting processes. The new processes and tools can assist you in laying out a road map for your project through the approval processes, from initial concept through completion, in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Development Assistance Team

Development Assistance Team (DAT) meetings are offered as an informal step in the land use application process to applicants and/or their representatives, potential developers and property owners. The meeting provides the opportunity to meet with City staff to discuss a development proposal before making a formal application submission to the City. The purpose of the meeting is to inform City staff about the proposal and for staff to explain the review process, offer the City’s perspective, and provide other necessary information to help potential developers make better informed decisions regarding development proposals.

Development Process Flow Chart

This tool will help developers, businesses and citizens understand the basic steps in the development review approval and permitting processes. The Development Review Flowchart is intended to serve as an illustrative guide that outlines the review processes as a development project progresses from beginning to end.

Development Review Flowchart

The Project Lead

The Department also established the roles of Project Leads in the review process to enhance communication with the public. The Project Lead is your primary point of contact for applications that have been submitted and are currently in the development approval or permitting process, as identified below:

  • For development applications, the Development Management Division will assign a planner who will serve as the Project Lead.
  • For building permit applications, the Plans Review Division will assign a plan reviewer who will serve as the Project Lead.
  • For applications with infrastructure plans related to development projects, the Land Development Division will assign an engineer who will serve as the Project Lead.

Many projects may have multiple Project Leads assigned to separate applications. Applicants are advised to contact the individual Project Lead who is responsible for the review of the specific application they wish to discuss.

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