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Planning, Development & Building ConstructionPre-Application Process

The purpose of the Pre-Application Meeting is to provide the applicant with comments, suggestions and/or concerns from those Town departments that will ultimately be reviewing the potential development proposal in its final design. Both the Town and the applicant should benefit from participation in this strictly voluntary and no fee process.

Town staff representing Development Review and Zoning, Natural Resources, Engineering, Inspections/Building Codes, and the Fire Department attend the meetings. They will also conduct a technical review; the results will be submitted to you at the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and representatives for the utility companies and outside agencies are also invited to attend. You are encouraged to invite as many people from your project team as you feel necessary, owners, developers, land planners, architects, contractors, etc. may find it productive to come to the meeting.

How to Request a Pre-Application Meeting
(commonly referred to as a 'Pre-App')

Hard Copy: Complete and submit the Pre-Application Form pdf icon

Fees: There are no fees for this application.

When first deciding to schedule a pre-app, please refer to the schedule of meeting dates and deadlines.

In order for staff to provide thorough comments, the following items should be submitted. The more detailed the submittal; the more accurate and constructive the comments.

  • Application Form pdf icon;
  • Project narrative; and
  • Site plan showing the proposed work.

What to Expect at the Meeting

The meetings are meant to be an informal discussion of the project. There will be a discussion of the project with staff providing comments and questions. Questions and additional comments from the applicant are encouraged. Unless otherwise requested, these discussions typically last 30 minutes. A project manager will be assigned at this stage who will be the point of contact for all subsequent applications and permits and to assist in navigating through the entire permitting process.

For questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Community Development Information Center email icon at 843-341-4757.