Development Review

Development Review

One of the Planning Department’s main services is processing development review applications. We believe a quality submittal is the best way to expedite any development review process so this guide is intended to help you understand the process as well as assemble a quality submittal in the most efficient and straightforward way possible.

All development review applications fall into one of three groups: land use, site development or subdivision. Within those three groups, there are administrative and public hearing projects.

  • Administrative projects are approved or denied by the Director of Planning and Community Development.
  • Public hearing projects can be decided by the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission or City Council. 
    • The Board of Adjustment makes decisions for single-family and duplex structures and sign adjustments. 
    • Starting January 2020 the Planning Commission will decide on Conditional Use applications, Conceptual Development Plans without Variances, Development Plans without Variances, and Preliminary Plats without Variances. 
    • For all other public hearing projects that are not heard by the Board of Adjustment, the Planning Commission will provide a recommendation to City Council and City Council will make the final decision.