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Design Review Permits


A request for a Design Review Permit requires one (1) public hearing before the Design Committee for new Design Review Permits, and Design Review Permits processed with a Variance or Tree Permit. Processing time is normally sixteen (16) weeks, however, it is dependent upon the number of applications before the City. The applicant or the applicant's representative must be present at the public hearing to answer questions.

A request for a Major Project Permit requires two (2) public hearings. One (1) public hearing is required at the Planning Commission for Stage 1 (Preliminary Development Plan) processing and a second public hearing is required at the Planning Commission for Stage 2 (Architectural and Landscaping Plan) processing. Review and approval of Stage 3 (Final Plans) processing shall be by the Planning Department.

A request for a Design Review Permit Modification requires approval from the Planning Director for modifications to an approved Design Review Permit (DRP) or modifications to a developed site if no prior DRP exists. Following a public notice, the Director may waive the requirement for a public hearing. If a public hearing is requested, or if in the opinion of the Planning Director, a project is not in substantial conformance with applicable, adopted design guidelines, prior conditions of approval, or if the Planning Director determines that because off location, size or design that the public hearing should not be waived, the Planning Director shall refer the project for public hearing by the Design Committee or the Planning Commission. Processing time for DRPMODs varies and is dependent on the complexity of the modification. Simple modifications may be processed in 6-8 weeks and more involved applications may take longer. Processing time is also dependent upon the number of applications before the City.

A request for a
Design Review Permit for Residential Subdivision requires one (1) public hearing before the Planning Commission. Processing time is normally six (6) to eight (8) weeks, however, it is dependent upon the number of similar requests before the City.If the permit is processed with a Tentative Subdivision Map, the processing time will coincide with the map.

A request for a Minor Design Review Permit requires approval from the Planning Director for improvements which comply with the following:
1) There has been no previous Design Review Permit for the building/site;
2) The improvement is limited to facade improvements;
3) The improvement consists of a color change; or
4) The improvement consists of a modification to or the introduction of a new exterior building material.

The applicant is required to post the Minor Design Review Permit application on their place of business, in a plainly visible location, for a period of 10 days. If no request is made for a public hearing, the Minor Design Review Permit will be approved on the 11th day and a 10 day appeal period of the Planning Director’s decision begins. If no appeal is filed during the appeal period, the applicant may proceed with improvements after the appeal period has expired (on the 21st day following the first day of posting this notice).

A request for a Planned Development requires one (1) public hearing before the Planning Commission. Processing time is normally sixteen (16) weeks however, it is dependent upon the number of similar requests before the City.

A request for a Permit or Map Extension for permits which have been approved but not effectuated requires one of the following:

1) Except for Major Project Permits, a single one (1) year extension may be granted by the Planning Director by approval of an Administrative Permit for Extension. Following a public notice, the Planning Director may waive the requirement for a public hearing if one is not requested. If a public hearing is requested, the Planning Director shall schedule and notice the Administrative Permit for Extension for a public hearing before the Planning Commission or Design Committee. Processing time is normally six (6) weeks however, it is dependent upon the number of similar requests before the City. If a public hearing is required, the applicant or the applicant's representative must be present at the public hearing to answer questions.

2) For a Major Project Permit, a request for extension requires one (1) public hearing before the Planning Commission pursuant to Chapter 19.82 of the Zoning Ordinance. Processing time is normally six (6) weeks however, it is dependent upon the number of similar requests before the City. The applicant or the applicant's representative must be present at the public hearing to answer questions.

Applications for Design Review Permits, Major Project Permits, Tentative Subdivision Maps and Grading Plans now must include a Preliminary Stormwater Quality Compliance Form.

Related Forms

Statement of Design Intent