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Development Process Info

Development Process

Click here to see Development Review Process Flowchart.  The flowchart shows the required steps in development review, from the time a developer submits an application, to the construction of buildings, streets, and utilities. 

The Development Services Department includes the following divisions:

  • Administration (Project Management, Department Administration)
  • Plan Services (Current Planning, Development Engineering, Codes Administration)
  • Field services (Field Engineering Inspections, Building Inspections)

The Development Review Committee (an internal staff committee) includes staff members from Fire, Police, Parks, Administration, Water Utilities and Law. The Committee evaluates all applications for conformity to applicable City Ordinances. 

Pre-Application Meeting

The first step for the  developer or business owner is to schedule a pre-application meeting.  Here the developer/owner can meet City staff to share their ideas and plans in an informal setting.  City staff members will explain how the process works and share information to help the applicant as the process moves forward. Click here to see a pre-application meeting handout, which explains the purpose and procedure.  Click here to see a checklist of topics that will be covered, and the primary contact individuals from each department.

A "mini-pre-app process" is available for individuals who want to meet with a smaller group of City staff to discuss an idea and would like one-on-one direction. Click here to see if this process is appropriate for you. A regular "pre-app" meeting will be necessary once plans are developed, prior to submittal of an application.

Deadline Schedule 

The deadline schedule applies to any application that must go to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval.  Click here for more information and a copy of the current deadline schedule.  

Funding Tools


Capital projects, water and sewer master plans and access management plans must also be considered when reviewing development plans. For example, a new subdivision is proposed with major access provided by a street that is also part of a capital project plan. By determining when the capital project will be built, the development plans can be reviewed and the developer notified that a construction delay is possible. At times, a developer may propose to bear the expense of constructing all or part of the capital project to supply the development with necessary infrastructure. This offer may or may not include upsizing agreements, interim improvements, development agreements, or escrow accounts. By using these tools, alone or in combination, Development Engineering can proceed with plans that the developer needs and the City requires.

Other Financing Tools

CID = Community Improvement District

A CID can be used for the perpetual cost and maintenance of a private sanitary or water system, as an example.  The CID paperwork is filed in the County recorder's office and is tied to each lot within the project. 

NID = Neighborhood Improvement District

An NID can be used within a development for the purchasing of playground equipment for a neighborhood park, for instance. The NID is generally used for one-time purchases.

TDD = Transportation Development District

A TDD is a method of collecting sales tax revenues from the development to pay for transportation improvements, either on-site or off-site.  Improvements may include constructing turn lanes or adding traffic signals.

TIF = Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing is a method of redirecting tax revenues to enable the redevelopment of property that is either 1) blighted, 2) conservation area, or 3) an economic development area.