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Procedures For Development Plans

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A development plan is a written and/or graphic description of the concept for the proposed development, including any or all of the following: location and bulk of buildings and other structures, preliminary lot layout or site design, density of development, streets, ways, parking facilities, signs, drainage of surface water, access points, a plan for screening or buffering, utilities, existing manmade and natural conditions, and all other conditions agreed to by the applicant.

The purpose of the development plan is:

  1. To demonstrate to the Planning Commission the character and objectives of the proposed development in adequate detail for the Planning Commission to evaluate the proposed development;
  2. To assess the proposed development with respect to consistency with the Comprehensive Plan, especially as it relates to compatibility with existing surrounding development and the provision of necessary urban services;
  3. To inform the public about the nature of the development; and,
  4. To serve as a tool for improving overall site planning and design in a manner which will mitigate any negative impacts on surrounding properties. 

The general development plan is not intended to be detailed engineering drawings, although site boundaries must accurately show the property as required by the Zoning Ordinance.

The applicant will be advised if the zone change application is exempt from the General Development Plan requirement during the pre-application conference. Most applications require a general development plan.

The general development plan must be in its completed form at the time of submission of the application. The applicant must demonstrate that he has made a good faith effort to review the development plan with surrounding property owners as required by  the Zoning Ordinance. The plan must conform to the Comprehensive Plan standards affecting development in all zones and any specific standards that affect specific zones. The general development plan must specify which parts ("elements") are proposed to be binding on the applicant, his successors, and assigns. 

Binding elements are restrictions, agreed to by the property owner and/or developer, on the otherwise legal use and development of a parcel of land under the regulations of the Planning Commission and ordinances of member governments of the Planning Commission. Binding elements run with the land until revised or removed by an appropriate action of the Planning Commission.

The binding elements of a general development plan are to be in a format specified by the Planning Commission and must be signed by all owners necessary to convey title to the property.

Binding elements shall not include private contractual matters such as those ordinarily found in deed covenants or subdivision restrictions which are not directly enforceable by the Planning Commission, building inspectors, or other zoning enforcement officers.

Binding elements must be followed in the preparation and approval of subdivision plats and must be reflected, where applicable, in the issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy.

 

 

 


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