The first step for the resident, developer or business owner for any development project is to schedule a pre-application meeting. These meetings are intended for projects beyond simple over the counter permits (e.g. sheds, electric service upgrades or other similar scaled projects). Here the developer/owner can meet City staff to share ideas and plans in an informal setting. City staff will explain how the process works and share information to help the applicant as the process moves forward.
Pre-application meetings are required prior to the submittal of any development application and are held every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon. Scheduling is done on a first come, first served basis, and must be scheduled no later than the Friday before the pre-application meeting. For more information or to schedule a pre-application meeting, call 816.969.1200.
Sometimes a project has a very narrow scope, however would still benefit from a pre-application meeting. Individuals who want to meet with a smaller group of City staff to discuss an idea and would like one-on-one direction may set up a smaller meeting. These smaller meetings have a more flexible scheduling opportunity based on staff availability and can be scheduled by contacting Development Services and speaking with a project manager or planner. A regular pre-application meeting may still be necessary once plans are developed, and prior to submittal of an application.