Flow Chart of the Development Process

  1. Fill in Initial Application (PDF)
  2. Find the zone which you are located in on the Zoning Map (PDF)
  3. Go to Article VI in the Zoning Code. In the proper section, determine whether your proposal is permitted, requires a special exception, or is not allowed.
  4. Now move to Article II Section 21-39 to ascertain the allowed density, required yards, frontage, lot coverage and other requirements peculiar to the zone which you are in. Will these requirements restrict your proposal?
  5. After collecting this initial information you are now prepared to decide what application and other materials you will be required to submit. The following sections will also help you understand the rational behind this process and some of the time considerations.
  6. Is the Proposed Use A, B, or C?
    1.  Use A: A Permitted 
      1. Proceed to "A Permitted Use" page and review related text on site plan approval and environmental sensitivity.
    2. Use B: A Use by Special Exception
      1. Proceed to "A Use by Special Exception" and related text on special exceptions and public hearings.
    3. Use C: Not Allowed due to use or dimensional restrictions
      1. Proceed to "Not Allowed due to use or dimensional restrictions" and related text on variance, zone changes and public hearings. 
  7. Prior to making any application to the Planning and Zoning Commission the applicant should determine if their site is within an inland wetland. If the activity is regulated under the inland wetlands act, the applicant must submit an application for a permit to the Inland Wetlands Agency.
  8. Now that you have determined you will be creating a resubdivision or a subdivision your primary guidance will come from the city's Subdivision Regulations. But also the lots you create must conform to the Zoning Code for the zone which you are in.
  9. As discussed in Section 3 of the Subdivision Regulations you should first schedule an informal discussion, with the Planning and Zoning Staff to discuss your rough sketch plan are outlined in Section 3 of the Subdivision Regulations.
  10. Following the informal discussion you should file an application for preliminary approval, pay the required fee and submit preliminary subdivision plans as required in Section 3.04 (PDF) of the Subdivision Regulations.
  11. You then should appear at the next Planning and Zoning meeting to present your proposal and have the commission schedule a public hearing.
  12. A sign should be erected in accordance with Section 48.03.05 of the Zoning Code, on the site at least 7 days prior to the hearing.
  13. You then should appear at the hearing to present your proposal and answer any questions.
  14. Approved or Denied
    1. Approved: Preliminary plan approved, or approved with conditions
    2. Denied: Redesign Proposal or Abandon
  15. Submit contract documents for construction permits to the Department of Public Works. Field construction begins under supervision of the Department of Public Works in accordance with Planning and Zoning Commission approval conditions.
  16. Complete all improvements, or refer to section 5.10 regarding bonds, and apply for final subdivision approval. The final plan must conform to the requirements in Section 3.05 (PDF) of the Subdivision Regulations.
  17. You now have a permitted use and therefore should return to "A Permitted Use" page and the Site Plan Approval process.