Predevelopment Services

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Predevelopment services (also referred to predevelopment review) is a way to get ongoing, detailed feedback and help from us on your development concept prior to submitting an application for the project.

The purpose is to help you early in the permitting process to develop a complete formal application and quality project design or to help you investigate issues that require in-depth analysis from city staff.

Who provides this service?

We do! Depending on the nature of your project, representatives of the following city offices will participate: Building, Clearing & Grading, Land Use & Environmental, Transportation, Utilities, and Fire.

What are the benefits?

  • You can learn how regulations may effect your development proposal before you commit significant money, time, and energy toward a specific course of action.
  • It lets you work with expert city staff to investigate design options and apply city codes and policies to your project, based on the unique characteristics of your property and proposal.
  • It helps you identify the criteria by which your project will be reviewed, enabling you to present your proposal accordingly in a formal application.
  • It can reduce the review time of a formal application when design and technical issues have been resolved beforehand.

What are the limitations of the service?

Predevelopment review is a way for us to assist you during the feasibility and preliminary analysis phase of your project. The information we provide does not constitute a formal approval or permit and is dependent on the level of information you give us.

What is the difference between a preapplication conference, and predevelopment review?

In the permit center, you can gather general information about your property or use, codes and polices, and the approval process.

A preapplication conference is a one-time opportunity to meet with us, present a conceptual proposal, and get more specific written feedback on it. This is available for only specified projects. Refer to the Preapplication Conference page for more details.

Predevelopment review is a way to get ongoing assistance during your project development. This is not required, but it is encouraged to help you resolve issues and understand the permit process and requirements before you submit an application.

What kind of a project can benefit from predevelopment review?

  • Critical area analysis and development scenarios
  • Preparation of traffic impact analysis
  • Unique or complex building types
  • Nonconforming sites, structures, or uses
  • Development in design districts
  • Preparation and review of critical areas studies such as:
    • Wetland delineation or confirmation Geotechnical reports
    • Stream typing reports

How do I apply?

To get predevelopment review started, you must submit an application online at MyBuildingPermit.com. Go to our predevelopment services permit section for application materials.

How will feedback be documented?

City comments will be documented in writing. The timeline will depend on the complexity of the assistance you need. Before work begins, it is a good idea to discuss with assigned city staff your schedule and the level of detail you require.