Processes and Procedures

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DIMES-buttonPRE-SUBMITTAL APPLICATIONS are the first step in any General Plan Amendment, Subdivision Plat, property rezone, council use permit or site plan review process.

The process starts with the submission of a completed application on line. The planning staff will review the request with various city departments including fire, solid waste, and transportation and then provide the applicant with preliminary information based on the information given.  Typically a meeting is held with the applicant three weeks after the receipt of the pre-submittal to review the comments received and help the applicant determine what steps would be needed to proceed with the development request.

Here is a link to a list of potential exhibits that may be provided for review at the pre-submittal.  At the pre-submittal conference, planning staff will verify the exhibits received and comments will only be provided on the exhibits that were received.

*Small Lot Residential Requests including RSL zoned lots, cluster developments, and townhomes require all of the following exhibits at the time of pre-submittal:

  • Project Description/Narrative showing existing and proposed uses
  • Site Plan, with dimensions showing existing and proposed improvements
  • Proposed product (fully dimensioned) including:
    • Floor plans
    • Plot plans
    • 4-sided elevations with colors and materials

    Please note:  If all of the exhibits listed above are not provided at the initial pre-submittal conference, a follow-up pre-submittal will be required.

A PRE-APPLICATION MEETING is the first step toward modifying the zoning code requirements or for the consideration of some special uses including variances, Special Use Permits, Development Incentive Permits, and Substantial Conformance Improvement Permits. 

This process does not require an application or submitting of documents.  Some pre-application meetings may require payment of a fee; check the Schedule of Fees and Charges to see if a fee is required for your meeting.  To schedule a pre-application conference, please call 480-644-2385.

This meeting is a one on one with a Planner who has evaluated your site and will give you their recommendations going forward with your project.

ADMINISTRATIVE reviews do not require a pre-meeting with staff.  Administrative reviews are typically modifications to previously approved site plans, design review cases, or work on property within an established historic district or historic landmark (a certificate of appropriateness) by completing the required application.  If desired, you may contact a planner at (480) 644-2385 to determine if approval is needed.

Process Overviews.  Based on the information you receive when going through the pre-submittal or pre-application process, you are ready to begin the formal review processes. 



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