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Review & Approval Process For:
COMMUNITY UNIT PLAN
The proposed preliminary plan is then scheduled for a public hearing in front of the Planning
Commission. Public notice of the hearing is posted on the site and in a daily newspaper. Notices are
also mailed to the owners of all properties within 150 feet of the subject property. After receiving a
report from the Department of Planning and Development Review and holding a public hearing, the
Planning Commission considers the proposed preliminary plan and takes action on the plan by formal
resolution. When the Planning Commission approves a preliminary plan, it forwards its resolution,
together with its ﬁnding of fact, to the City Council.
The proposed ordinance authorizing the preliminary plan is then reviewed by the City Attorney’s
oce and the City Administration. Once their review is complete, the ordinance is introduced to City
Council and a public hearing in front of City Council s scheduled, usually thirty days after introduction.
During this thirty-day period, public notice of the hearing is again posted on the site and in a daily
newspaper. Notices are also again mailed to the owners of all properties within 150 feet of the subject
In general, the approval process for preliminary plans takes between 120 to 180 days. However,
depending on the complexity of the proposed plan, more or less time may be required. Incomplete
submissions or major modiﬁcations to the plan during the review process may cause delays in the
Final plan review & approval process: After approval of a preliminary plan by City Council and
within a period of time speciﬁed in the ordinance adopting such plan, a ﬁnal plan indicating in detail
the proposed layout of the site and character of improvements thereon must be submitted for review
and approval by the Planning Commission.
As with the preliminary plan, the ﬁnal plan must that the requirements of §30-456.4 of the City Code.
It must be shown that the use of the land and the design, construction, maintenance and operation
of the structures, facilities and appurtenances proposed will adequately safeguard the health, safety
and welfare of the occupants of the adjoining and surrounding property; will not unreasonably impair
an adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property; will not unreasonably increase congestion in
streets; will not unreasonably increase public danger from ﬁre or otherwise unreasonably aect public
safety; and will not diminish or impair the established values of property in surrounding areas.
The ﬁnal plan must include enough detail to show that it is consistent with objectives of the
preliminary plan as adopted by City Council and not in conﬂict with any conditions speciﬁed by City
Council. The Planning Commission cannot approve the ﬁnal plan if revisions subsequent to City
Council approval have resulted in an increase in the number of dwelling units or amount of residential
or commercial ﬂoor area, or in any greater deviation from the zoning district regulations than
proposed in the preliminary plan.
Once a complete application is received, the Division of Land Use Administration circulates the
application materials to appropriate City agencies as determined necessary. City agencies reviewing
the proposal may include: Public Works, Building Permits & Inspections, Public Utilities, Water
Resources, Zoning Administration, and Fire and Emergency Services. The Division of Land Use
Administration will coordinate responses by City agencies. Written comments will be provided
generally within 30 days of the application submittal date.
After review by these agencies and by the Division of Land Use Administration, the proposed ﬁnal
plan is then scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission
considers the proposed ﬁnal plan and takes action on the plan by formal resolution. Once the ﬁnal
plan is approved, application for building permits must be made within a period of time speciﬁed in