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Development Process

View Development Applications in Review by the City

The City's online portal will allow you to view submitted electronic plans, submitted reports, staff review letters, and will provide general project information.  Go to Devservices.cityofls.net, click on "Planning Department", and type in the application number, project name, or address in the search field.

Development Process Overview

Most projects including additions, redevelopment, and new development require City permitting and review.  Based on the scale, landuse, existing conditions, and previously approved plans, a Project Manager can guide the necessary reviews, steps, and requirements for a project.

The Plan Services Division of the Development Services Department is comprised of three groups:

  • Codes Administration - The Codes Administration group reviews all construction documents to ensure Building and Fire Code compliance prior to approval of building permits and permit issuance.
  • Current Planning - The Current Planning group provides support to the development community through administration of the Comprehensive Plan, mapping, subdivision plat review, home business occupations, variances, development review, and the annual department reporting.
  • Development Engineering - The Development Engineering group provides the engineering services needed to support quality growth and development in the community. It provides review of residential development plans for infrastructure (sanitary sewers, water mains, stormwater systems, streets, and traffic controls) sufficiency, serviceability, compatibility, and integration with existing facilities.
  • Project Management - If a projects includes more than one discipline the project is assigned to one of the department Project Mangers.  The Project Managers act as the primary communication and coordination personnel between the City and the applicant.  A Project Manager follows a project from initial Pre-Application Meeting to Final Certificate of Occupancies and project completion.

If you are looking for initial guidance on any development or construction project please contact Development Services to help address your questions at 816.969.1200.  Additionally, we recommend setting up a Pre-Application Meeting to discuss your project in detail and provide you with feedback before making application.