All development projects begin the review process as a pre-application. The main purpose of the pre-application meeting is to identify the critical issues at the earliest time possible in the development review process.
The pre-application meetings open dialogue between the applicant and City staff, represented by the Planning and Building Divisions, the Fire Marshall, Water Works, the City Engineer, and the Parks Department, before a large amount of time and money are expended. This provides the City the opportunity to clearly communicate expectations and requirements before the official application is filed.
It is not necessary to have detailed plans drawn prior to the pre-application meeting. However, the more information that can be provided with the application (even in sketch form), the more thorough and specific the staff can be in its response.
The staff attending the meeting will typically answer as many questions as possible and give an initial reaction to the request. It is important to point out that any staff feedback from a pre-application meeting is preliminary. The staff cannot guarantee that all relevant issues will be identified at this initial meeting or that the initial reaction of an individual staff member will reflect the final staff recommendation.
Pre-applications are due each Tuesday by 5:00 pm in order to be placed on the following Tuesday’s agenda. Applicants will be contacted by Thursday to inform them of what time their item is on the agenda. The meeting begins at 2:30 and continues until all agenda items have been discussed.