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Minor Development Review Procedure, Planning Division

Minor Development applications:  Minor Subdivision Plat, Final Subdivision Plat, Final PUD Development Plan, Final Mobile Home Subdivision Plat/Site Plan, Limited Use, Site Plan, Exception to Street and Access Standards, Temporary Use, Minor Modification, Flexible Sign Plan, and Alternate Parking Plan

  1. General Description and Purpose of the Pre-Application Process (Step 1)
  2. General Description and Purpose of the Neighborhood Meeting (Step 2)
  3. General Description for Submission of an Application (Step 3)
  4. General Description of the DRC/Agency Review and Contents of the Preliminary DRC Report (Step 4)
  5. General Description of the DRC Response Meeting with the Applicant and Resubmission of an Application (Step 5)
  6. General Description of Final Action on an Application by the Planning Director (Step 6)

(Flowchart Steps 1-6 are linked to descriptions below)

Core Minor Development Review Flowchart

STEP 1. The pre-application process is the initial step in beginning a minor development application. Its purpose is to give the applicant an opportunity to present their proposal to the City and obtain all necessary information for filing an application.

STEP 2. Neighborhood meetings are typically not required in conjunction with minor development applications because their impact to a neighborhood is minimal or the neighborhood meeting was held with previous major development applications relative to the minor development application. (Generally with an undeveloped parcel of land, the application process usually involves both major and minor development applications prior to any construction.) The City may determine however, that a neighborhood meeting is warranted for a minor development application based on the anticipated impacts of the development proposal.

STEP 3. Within 6-months of step number 1, the applicant shall submit application to the City. The City will determine whether or not the application is complete. If the application is complete, it will be assigned a “Project Planner” and scheduled for City review with the Development Review Committee (DRC). The “Project Planner” shall be the contact person for questions or information, coordination with the applicant, and citizen involvement. If an application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified. The application will not be processed until incomplete information is provided to the City.

STEP 4. The DRC will conduct an initial review of the application within a specified time. Upon completion of the initial review, a report is prepared and given to the applicant reflecting changes or comments relative to the application. During DRC review, property owners, parties-in-interest, and applicable agencies are sent notification through mail of the application in which to comment on. The DRC encourages and will accept comments on the application up until a final decision is made. All written comments received are given to the applicant. Specific information pertaining to a particular application is made available to anyone who is interested. In addition, depending on the type of application or specific site issues, the DRC may refer the application to advisory groups (i.e. Transportation Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, and Airport Advisory Board).

STEP 5. Following completion of the initial review, the applicant is given an opportunity to meet with the DRC in which to discuss the information presented in the report. In most instances these meetings are optional and held only at the request of the applicant. However, there are times where the DRC will request a meeting with the applicant considering the nature of an application or substantial issues.

Based on the initial review and report provided by the DRC, the applicant is required to make necessary revisions to their application and resubmit for subsequent review. Upon resubmission of an application, steps 4 and 5 are repeated. (Please note however that the DRC typically does not re-notify property owners and/or parties-in-interest of any subsequent re-submittals. Therefore, property owners and/or parties-in-interest who wish to follow the progress of an application after being notified and prior to public hearings should continually keep in contact with the “Project Planner.”) If a resubmission is not provided within 120-days of the report date, the applicant is notified of an inactive status to their application. If the applicant does not respond, the City can withdraw the application.

STEP 6. Once DRC review is complete, a recommendation will be provided to the Planning Director for final action on the application. For minor development applications, the Planning Director’s decision may only be appealed by the applicant.

(Development applications considered to be “minor” are listed in Chapter 15.05, Section 15.05.090 of the Longmont Land Development Code.)

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City of Longmont Planning and Development Services Division
Civic Center Complex
350 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501
303-651-8330 / Fax: 303-651-8696 / e-mail: longmont.planning@ci.longmont.co.us

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