Development Review

The review processes for development plans, subdivisions, special use permits, planned developments and variances begins with a First Step Meeting. After attending a First Step Meeting, some developments may be required to hold a neighborhood workshop. Most developments require a development plan approval BEFORE applying for building permits. Development plans are either reviewed by the Development Review Board in a public hearing or approved by staff, depending on the size and nature of the development. 

For technical information related to engineering, solid waste, right-of-way or other requirements for development review, please reference the Engineering Design & Construction Manual(PDF, 3MB) and Design Memorandums: 23-01(PDF, 668KB) and 24-01(PDF, 500KB). Please also reference the Right-of-Way Permitting page for more information.


Development Review Levels(PDF, 81KB)

Development Review Process Flow Chart(PDF, 94KB)

Schedule a First Step Meeting

Special Use Permits 

Some activities or developments may be allowed by special approval from the City Plan Board through the special use permit process.  Requests for a special use permit are usually accompanied by a development plan review.

Variance from Land Development Code

The Development Review Board may grant variances from building heights, yard setbacks and certain other requirements as stated in the Land Development Code.