What is a Pre-Application Conference?

The purpose of a Pre-Application Conference is to familiarize the applicant with the provisions of the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDRs) that may be applicable to the proposed development, and to provide the applicant with important information that will be useful in preparing an application to be submitted for review.

The applicant should come to the meeting prepared to discuss the application in enough detail so that Staff can thoroughly evaluate the proposal and provide the applicant with helpful feedback.

An application for which a Pre-Application Conference is mandatory may not be submitted until after the conference is held.

In addition to meeting with the Planning Department, it is also recommended that the applicant obtain preliminary feedback concerning utilities from the Public Services Department at 386-418-6140. Issues to discuss with the Public Services Department may include, but are not limited to, connection fees, utility line extensions, water / wastewater system capacities, and other similar topics.

When is a Pre-Application Conference required?

A Pre-Application Conference is mandatory prior to thsubmitting an application for:

A Pre-Application Conference is optional prior to submitting any other application type not identified above. 

Who should attend a Pre-Application Conference?

The applicant may invite all persons who may contribute to or benefit from the Pre-Application Conference. This may include, but is not limited to, property owners, developers, or professional consultants, such as civil engineers, planners, landscape architects, etc.

How do you request a Pre-Application Conference?

An applicant must submit a request in writing to the Planning Department. Written requests may be submitted in the form of a letter or an email, so long as all required information is provided in the request.

Written requests must be submitted at least three (3) business days in advance of the desired meeting date. The applicant may include availability with the written request to facilitate with the scheduling of the meeting.

What must I submit as part of my written request?

The written request must include, at a minimum:

What will be discussed at the conference?

In addition to providing general feedback based on the information provided by the applicant, Staff may also wish to discuss the following: