Depending on what you would like to do, you may eventually need to hire a consulting professional. For example, subdivisions require the services of a surveyor and engineer. But to get started, before hiring a consultant you might want to request a ”general information" meeting with the Development Review Committee at City Hall. It's easy to arrange, usually takes only a week to schedule, and best of all it's free.
The meetings are quite casual. You will sit down with staff from planning, building, engineering, utilities and fire departments. They will provide you with basic information such as:
- Identifying necessary permits and how to apply for them
- How the permit processes work
- The fees that will be required
- The key zoning rules that may affect the proposal such as minimum lot area or automobile access requirements
- What infrastructure that will need to be built (such as sidewalks, stormwater systems, etc.)
In addition to hearing issues from the various departments, you will be given a chance to ask any specific questions you may have.
Submit Your Plans
To schedule a meeting, you will need to provide to the Planning Division a plan of what you would like to do (on paper no larger than 11 by 17 inches). While some people submit professionally prepared plans, the majority submits basic sketches prepared on the kitchen table. The plan should be clear enough to commemorate the concept that you are considering but detailed and accurate enough that we may better identify potential opportunities or pitfalls.
This meeting will not result in any official plan checks or approvals. Its purpose is to address the general scope of the project in order that you may decide how best to proceed (or not). For more information or to arrange a meeting date, contact the Planning Division at 360-403-3551.