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Development Review Process

All new construction or redevelopment and most land use proposals or revisions require a Development Review Process.

This process provides the city's Planning Commission, Planning and Development Department, Development Review Committee (DRC), City Council and other interested parties with the information needed to evaluate the project for any land use actions subject to city review.

The online versions of the application packets contain instructions and forms used to guide the applicant through the submittal process. The Planning and Development Department can provide advice about the process that should be followed prior to legal development of land or use. The packets include an explanation of the application and a checklist describing how to complete the applications and the required submittal materials for each of the following land use applications.

Step 1: Contact

Contact the Planning and Development Department at 303.450.8739 or Depending on the nature of your proposed project or activity, various levels of review and permitting may be required, including a pre-application meeting.

Step 2: Pre-Application Meeting

After the first discussion with a representative from Planning and Development, applicants that require some level of review are encouraged to visit with the Development Review Committee (DRC) for a preliminary review.

The DRC, which is made of up of a variety of staff members, meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. They maintain a series of meeting slots for potential applicants to discuss their proposed projects.

This preliminary review often reveals:

  • Potential issues that may delay the formal review process.
  • If the proposal is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulations
  • If the specific land use application contains all the submittal requirements
  • Development requirements related to the proposed project, including:
    • Road improvements
    • Parking requirements
    • Landscaping minimums

The applicant can make an informed decision on whether to continue with the formal application and be scheduled for hearings with the Planning Commission.

Your Planning and Development contact will help you so the DRC review goes smoothly. The city encourages potential applicants to maintain close communication with their Planning and Development contact and members of the DRC throughout the preliminary development review process. The aim is to clarify as many issues, requirements and standards as possible before entering into formal development review.

Step 3: Development Review

In accordance with Article 11-6-3 of the UDO, after receiving a complete final development application the DRC will review the plan and submit comments to the applicant. The review period cycle lasts three weeks. At the end of the three-week cycle, a representative of the DRC will provide a formal list of comments to the applicant. If adjustments are needed, the applicant must submit the revised plans and the three-week cycle begins again. Full entitlement approvals are required to receive any related permits from the city’s Building Division.




Planning and Development Division