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Development Review

T.M.C. Section 10.08.3920 – 10.08.4110

What is Development Review?

Development Review is a discretionary review of the design of a project, including the site plan, landscape plan, building elevations, grading plan, and utility plan. The purpose of Development Review is to ensure that a project is compatible with the surrounding environment and consistent with the City’s goals and policies. New buildings (commercial, industrial, and residential of three units or greater) and substantial modifications to the exterior of existing buildings require Development Review. Questions related to Development Review requirements can be answered by a Planner in the City’s Development Services Department.

Step 1

Submit Application

Development application forms, general submittal requirements, and the fee schedule are available on the City’s website and at the front counter of the Development Services Department. A City Planner will assist you through the process.

Step 2

City Review

City review includes routing application materials to multiple City departments and other agencies for comments. The comments are compiled into a comprehensive letter to the applicant, which details incomplete items, applicable requirements and staff recommendations. Once the application is deemed complete and all requirements are met, City staff will prepare the project for public hearing (step 4).

30 days
Step 3

Applicant Response

Some projects require additional information or clarification by the applicant and/or revisions to the plans. This step is the applicant’s response to those requirements. The applicant’s response will be reviewed by the City and steps 2 and 3 may be repeated if necessary.

30 days (typical)
Step 4

Public Hearing

Public hearings before the Development Services Director are required for all Development Review applications. Director-level hearings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. A public notice of the hearing will be sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the subject property and posted in a local newspaper.

30 days (typical)*
Estimated Total Timeframe90 days (typical)**

* PUD zone districts require a public hearing with both Planning Commission and City Council, which could add additional time (typically 45 – 60 days).

** The time frame may be extended for complex projects or to meet requirements of environmental review.

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