POD Application | Last Revised September 7, 2018 | CITY OF RICHMOND 1
Application for PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
Department of Planning and Development Review
Land Use Administration Division
900 E. Broad Street, Room 511
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 646-6304
http://www.richmondgov.com/
Application is hereby submitted for: (check one)
plan of development
plan of development amendment (conversion, addition or modifi cation)
Project Name/Location
Property Address:________________________________________________Date:
Tax Map #: Fee:
Total area of a ected site in acres:
(See page 4 for fee schedule, please make check payable to the City of Richmond”)
Zoning
Current Zoning:
Existing Use:
Proposed Use
(Please include a detailed description of the proposed use in the required applicant’s report)
Existing Use:
Is this property subject to any previous land use cases?
Yes No
If Yes, please list the Ordinance Number:
Applicant/Contact Person: _____________________________________________________________
Company:
Mailing Address:
City: ____________________________________________ State: ________ Zip Code:
Telephone: _(_______)_____________________________ Fax: _(_______)______________________
Email:
Property Owner:
If Business Entity, name and title of authorized signee:
(The person or persons executing or attesting the execution of this Application on behalf of the Company certifi es that he or
she has or have been duly authorized and empowered to so execute or attest.)
Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________________
City: ___________________________________________ State: ________ Zip Code: _____________
Telephone: _(_______)_____________________________ Fax: _(_______)______________________
Email:
Property Owner Signature:
The names, addresses, telephone numbers and signatures of all owners of the property are required. Please attach additional
sheets as needed. If a legal representative signs for a property owner, please attach an executed power of attorney. Faxed or
photocopied signatures will not be accepted.
NOTE: Please attach the required plans, checklist, and a check for the application fee (see Filing Procedures for plans of
development)
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A plan of development is required to be fi led for certain land uses as specifi ed in the City’s Zoning Ordinance and
must be approved by the Director of Planning and Development Review prior to the issuance of any Building
Permit or a Land Disturbing Permit.
The plan of development is reviewed for compliance with the City’s Master Plan, for preservation of landscape,
for arrangement of buildings and spaces, for functions of yards and spaces, and for parking and circulation. This
review is in addition to the intensity, yard, parking, height and other requirements set forth in the City’s Zoning
Ordinance that are normally applicable to the proposed development. The review process is intended to ensure
that the development will be compatible with its surroundings and will have the lowest reasonable impact on the
surrounding properties, streets and alleys.
The Division of Land Use Administration circulates the plan of development to appropriate City agencies as
determined necessary. City agencies reviewing the plan of development may include: Public Works, Permits &
Inspections, Public Utilities, Water Resources, Zoning, 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.
If an incomplete plan of development has been submitted or if additional information is required, the review
period may be extended to allow appropriate review. Land Use Administration will circulate revised plans as it
determines necessary and will provide any additional comments and recommendations to the applicant within 2
weeks. Following action by the Director of Planning and Development Review, the applicant will be formally
notifi ed as to approval, disapproval or conditional approval of the plan of development.
Approval of a plan of development does not relieve the applicant from their responsibility to fulfi ll other legal
obligations including, but not exclusively, obligations under the City’s Zoning and Encroachment Codes and the
State Building Code.
Applicant Certifi cation of Completeness:
I do hereby certify that I have read and am familiar with the requirements for the submission of plans of
development as provided under Section 30-1030.0 of the Zoning Ordinance and further that this submittal is in
compliance with those requirements and applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance for the zone in which this
project is located, or variances and/or special use permits have been properly requested or granted in accordance
with Sections 30-1040.0 & 30-1050.0 of the Zoning Ordinance.
Signature of Applicant: _________________________________________ Date: ____________
Review & Approval process for
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
Administrative Land Use Application Process
Pre-Application
Applicant
Meetings
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Applicantion
Received
Application &
Letters Routing
.
Comment Letter
Meeting with
Applicant
Applicantion
Resubmission
Resubmission
Routing
Additional
Information
Optional meetings
with appicant to
discuss project
programming,
design, and due
diligence.
With 2 working
days the application
is routed to other
reviewing agencies.
Letter notifying
civic associations
within 1,000 feet
and letter to the
applicant with civic
association contact
information are
sent.
With 30 days of
receipt, a comment
letter is sent to the
applicant requesting
additional
information or
clarifi cation.
If necessary, a
meeting with the
applicant occurs
to discuss requests
made in the
comment letter.
The application with
additional
information is
resubmitted within
60 days of the
comment letter.
The applicant can
request additional
time if necessary,
otherwise the
application is
withdrawn and a
refund of the fees is
given.
The application
resubmission is
routed for review by
agencies within 2
working days.
The applicant is
notifi ed within 15
days if additional
information is
required. If more
information is
required, the
process returns to
Step 5.
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FILING
Plan of development applications are fi led with the:
Department of Planning and Development Review
Land Use Administration Division, Room 511
City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Telephone (804) 646-6304
The applicant should discuss the proposed plan of development with the sta of the Division prior to
submission to review related Master Plan, zoning, land use and other issues that may be involved.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The application for a plan of development must include the following, each part of which is explained
below. Application must be submitted in an electronic format (PDF).
1. Application form,
2. Application fee; and
3. PDF of plans and a completed checklist;
Application Form: All the owners of the property must sign the application form. If a legal
representative signs for a property owner, a copy of an executed power of attorney is required.
Application Fee: The appropriate fee must accompany the application. Checks should be
made payable to the “City of Richmond”. The fees are determined by the fl oor area and area
of land disturbing activity proposed:
*$100 for each acre or fraction there of over the fi rst acre (fee is not prorated by acreage)
Plans: Plans** are required to provide su cient detail to permit the sta to make a
determination of the compatibility of the proposed project with surrounding development.
Plans must be properly scaled and include a scale bar. The plans must contain the information
required in the checklist on page 5 and a completed checklist is required with the application.
Site Plan
Elevation Plans
Floor Plans
Landscape Plans
Signage Plan & Details
Lighting Plan & Details
A PDF of the plan set is required to be submitted. Electronic plans may be submitted on a disk
or via email at: DCDLanduseadmin@richmondgov.com.
**The Director of Planning and Development Review may waive the submission of any of the plans listed that are not
applicable to the particular site. If necessary, the Director may also require additional information to be submitted to
evaluate the plan of development.
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Filing Procedures For:
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
Application Size
Less than or equal to 5,000 square feet $500.00 + $100 per acre*
5,001 square feet to 50,000 square feet
Over 50,000 square feet
$1,000.00 + $100 per acre*
$1,500.00 + $100 per acre*
Fee Required
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Checklist Requirement For:
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
SITE:
Name of project, developer, preparer of plan, plan date and revision dates.
North arrow, scale, and vicinity map.
Dimensions and bearings of property lines taken from deed or survey and the area of site.
Existing and proposed public and private rights-of way or easements adjoining or crossing the
subject property, including unimproved rights-of-way or easements.
Existing and proposed features within the rights-of-way and easements, including: streets, alleys,
curbs, gutters, sidewalks, fi re hydrants, light poles, curb cuts or driveway crossings, tra c signs,
signal posts, planters, street trees, trash cans and other related encroachments.
Existing and proposed features, (e.g., 5 ft wide brick sidewalk, 20 ft wide alley, 10 in. caliper street
tree with a 5 ft wide tree grate).
Existing and proposed public and private utility services, including: location, type and size of
service; locations of poles, manholes and vaults; locations and types of related facilities, (e.g.,
transformers, back-fl ow preventers, grease and oil traps, detention or retention basins, etc.).
Existing and proposed hazardous features, (e.g., underground storage tanks, abandoned wells or
septic fi elds, fi lled areas, known or suspected contaminated soils, etc.).
Limits of any water bodies, known or suspected wetlands, 100-year fl ood plains and/or
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas, located on or adjacent to the site.
Zoning and historic districts, located on or adjacent to the site.
TOPOGRAPHY:
Topography, grading and/or cross-section plans (if site grading is proposed, or if needed to
evaluate site drainage and conservation of natural features).
BUILDING:
Existing and proposed buildings and structures, including: location, fl oor plans, elevations; and a
descripion of their proposed use, exterior fi nishes and features (e.g., drive-thru windows, canopies,
cornices, porches, decks, etc.).
LANDSCAPING & SCREENING:
Existing and proposed landscaping features on the site, including: locations, quantities, sizes and
types of trees and shrubs.
Height, character and location of screening fences and walls for structures and HVAC equipment,
generators, transformers, fuel tanks, hazardous materials lockers and other mechanical equipment,
trash containers, incinerators, car washes and other service areas.
CIRCULATION & PARKING:
Proposed vehicular circulation plan, including: driveways, crosswalks, access aisles, parking areas,
lots and decks, pedestrian drop-o s areas, loading areas and docks and fi re lanes.
Proposed number, arrangement and sizes of parking spaces and aisles.
Proposed improvements to vehicular areas, including: types and locations of paved areas,
regulatory signage and striping, curbs, gutters, bollards and bumper blocks.
Proposed pedestrian circulation plans, including: types and locations of sidewalks, handicapped
ramps, accessible aisles, handicapped lifts and entrances.
LIGHTING:
Exterior lighting: location, height and type of fi xtures, and an isolux diagram.
SIGNAGE:
Signs: location, height, size, content, elevation, fi nish and method of illumination
(including: directional, attached and freestanding signs).
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The following is a guideline of plans to be submitted. Additional information may be required or omitted
depending on the scope of the project. For additional information please contact Land Use
Administration at (804) 646-6304.
PLANS TO BE SUBMITTED:
TITLE SHEET
NAME OF PROJECT (Plan of Development for __??__)
ADDRESS OF PROPERTY
NAME OF ENGINEER/SURVEYOR/ARCHITECT (Include addresses, phone numbers and
contact person for each)
DATE
VICINITY MAP with north arrow and scale
INDEX OF SHEETS
NOTES:
Zoning: __??__
Map Reference Number: ___?? ___
Owner: __?? __
Developer: __?? __
Project Summary:
Existing Use: _________?? ____________
Proposed Use: _________?? ____________
Acreage: _________?? ____________
Buildings: _?? _ Stories, _ ?? _ Square feet
Height: _??_
Parking Spaces Required: _____ ?? ___________
Parking Spaces Provided: _____?? ___________
A BLANK BOX (2” X 3”) at the bottom of sheet for POD approval.
EXISTING CONDITIONS & DEMOLITION PLAN
Dimensions and bearings of property lines of site.
Abutting streets and widths.
Rights-of-way, easements and encroachments, buildings, driveways, sidewalks, lighting,
utility services, basins, signs, landscaping, underground structures, hydrants, etc. Note
items to be removed or relocated.
Limits of water bodies, wetlands and Chesapeake Bay Preservations Areas.
Zoning and historic districts on the site or adjacent.
SITE LAYOUT
Dimensions and bearings of property lines of site.
Abutting streets and widths.
Proposed improvements: buildings, parking lots, sidewalks, etc., if parking is provided
indicate the circulation pattern.
UTILITY PLAN
Utility services, lighting, rights-of-way, easements, underground structures, hydrants, etc.
GRADING AND DRAINAGE PLAN
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2.
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Submission Guidelines for:
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
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ARCHITECTURAL
Building elevations, with details and colors of fi nishing elements.
If buildings are close to the property line, then a vertical property line should be
indicated so that encroachments or setbacks may be identifi ed.
Floor plans, basic layout, height of structure.
LANDSCAPE AND SCREENING/FENCING PLAN
Planting design, plant schedule that list plant specifi cations and quantity.
Bu er detail and type.
Details of screening and/or fencing, including height and composition of screening.
LIGHTING PLAN
Detail of fi xtures, including height and type.
Location of lights on the site.
An isolux diagram.
Lighting considerations:
A lighting plan should have a uniformity of light coverage, type and color of
lighting, location and fi xture style.
O street parking should be well lit with an even distribution of a minimum of
1.0 foot candle within the area devoted to parking.
Lighting is to be directed downward and light shall not spill over to adjacent
property or cause a tra c hazard. Illumination at property lines should be no
more than approximately .5-foot candles.
Type of fi xtures should be consistent with the style of fi xture already installed in
the neighborhood.
SIGNAGE PLAN
Location of signs or fl ags on the site.
Detail of signs/ ags, including dimensions and wording.
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Submission Guidelines for:
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
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COMMUNITY UNIT PLAN
Preliminary $3,000 + $100/acre
Extension of Preliminary Approval $1,500
Final $1,500 + $100/acre
Amendment $1,500 + $100/acre
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT
Initial $1,500 + $100/acre
Amendment $1,000 + $100/acre
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
Floor area & Land disturbed 5,000 square feet $500 + $100/acre
Floor area & Land disturbed 5,001 & 50,000 square feet $1,000 + $100/acre
Floor area & Land disturbed 50,001 square feet $1,500 + $100/acre
REZONING/CONDITIONAL REZONING $1,500 + $100/acre
Each continuance caused by the applicant $250
SPECIAL USE PERMIT
Use Initial Amendment
Day Nursery $300 $200
Single- or two-family detached or attached dwelling $300 $200
Outdoor dining $300 $200
Mobile food business $300 $200
Sign $300 $200
Multi-family dwelling (3 to ten units) $1,800 $1,200
Commercial or industrial equal to or less than 5,000 sq ft $1,800 $1,200
Multi-family dwelling (more than 10 units) $2,400 $1,800
Commercial or industrial more than 5,000 sq ft $2,400 $1,800
Each continuance caused by the applicant $250
SUBDIVISION
Preliminary Plat $500 + $15/lot
Extension of Preliminary Plat Approval $150
Final Plat $500 + $15/lot
Subdivision Confi rmation Letter $100
Continuance* $50
Plat of Correction $100
A full refund of the application fee is permitted if the application is withdrawn prior to the second
submittal of plans. Once a second submittal of plans is made, fees are not refundable.
For Community Unit Plans (CUP), the fi rst 10 acres are included in the base price.
For Conditional Use Permits, Plans of Development, and Rezonings, the fi rst acre is included in the base price.
For all applications with an additional price per acre, fractions of an acre are rounded up to the nearest whole number. Do not prorate the
fee per fraction of acre.
• Example: A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a 0.76 acre property would owe $1,500 (base fee only). A CUP for a 2.3 acre
property would owe $1,700 ($1,500 base fee + 2*100 (for the 1.3 acres over the fi rst acre))
* No charge for the 1st continuance requested by the applicant or for any continuance requested by the Planning Commission. The sec-
ond or subsequent continuance request by the applicant costs $50.
Fees went into e ect upon adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-209 by City Council on September 10, 2018.
(As of 9_7_2018) (FEE SHEDULE)
Department of Planning and Development Review
Land Use Administration Division
900 E. Broad Street, Room 511
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 646-6304
http://www.richmondgov.com/
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