Land Development Process
The land development process varies between application types and location (urban, rural). The actions and procedures below provide a general overview:
- Pre-application conference
Applicants learn about Community Development Code (CDC) requirements and the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Applicants who forgo the conference are required to sign a pre-application waiver.
- Neighborhood meeting
Most urban projects require developers to host neighborhood meetings. Neighbors and property owners near the project must be invited to meet developers to provide an opportunity to discuss proposals and concerns. Meeting packet
- Application submittal
Applications are reviewed for completeness within 30 days. If information is missing, applicants must provide the missing documentation and resubmit for review.
- Public notice
Public notice is required for all Type II and Type III applications. A copy of the application packet is sent to Community Participation Organizations (CPOs). When a public notice is required, the notices are sent to neighbors within the notification area (500 feet urban/1,000 feet rural) of the proposed development. People have 14 days to comment. Application flowchart Land development process brochure
- Staff reports
A County staff report is issued for each application as a part of the decision. The staff report includes:
- Determination of how the application complies/does not comply with regulations.
- Approved applications include conditions of approval to assure compliance.
- Type I and II applications are determined by the director. This decision may be appealed to a County hearings officer for review.
- Public hearing
Type III applications and director’s decision appeals are heard at a public hearing conducted by a hearings officer. Seven days before the hearing, the staff report is issued.
- Decision/notice of decision
Following the hearing and related open record periods, the hearings officer issues a decision order that includes details on how the decision was reached. If approved, the decision also includes conditions of approval. The Notice of Decision is sent to those within the notification area and others who submitted comment.
- Filing for final approval
Most Type II and Type III decisions include a final approval requirement, demonstrating the applicant is in compliance with the conditions of approval.