Development Plan

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The scope of a Development Plan application is to request development entitlements in the Planned District (PD) and usually coincides with a rezoning request to the PD District.  Development Plans are meant to be used only in times when the goals of Envision Franklin cannot be met under another zoning district.  Development Plans are reviewed by the FMPC and approved by the BOMA. The typical time frame to complete the required steps is 4 ½ to 5 months, if all steps are met in a timely manner.

Step 1:  Preliminary Meeting

A meeting with staff must take place before an application can be accepted.  To set up a meeting, contact the Current Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Sustainability.

Step 2:  Pre-Application Submittal and Meeting

The pre-application submittal must be submitted at least 14 days (due by 9 a.m.) prior to the initial submittal per the Submittal Schedule through IDT. All applications are submitted electronically, and staff will provide a date/time of the pre-application meeting upon acceptance of the submittal.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to log onto IDT and review staff’s comments prior to the pre-application meeting. For the list of submittal requirements, see the Pre-Application Development Plan Checklist.

Step 3:  Traffic Impact Analysis (If Applicable)

For more information, contact the Engineering Department.

Step 4:  Neighborhood Meeting

Coordinate the meeting date, time, and location with staff and fill out the Neighborhood Meeting Application-Coordinate the meeting date, time, and location with staff and fill out the Neighborhood Meeting Application.  Neighborhood meetings must be held after the pre-application meeting and prior to the Application Initial Submittal.

At least 7 days prior to the neighborhood meeting date, the applicant mails notification letters to surrounding property owners using addresses that are provided by staff. The applicant then submits a copy of the Neighborhood Meeting Notice Letter and a notarized Public Notice Affidavit (included in the Neighborhood Meeting Application). 

Step 5:  Development Plan Application Submittal

The application must be submitted according to the Submittal Schedule through IDT.  Required information includes a copy of the School Notification Letter, an Owner Affidavit, and a Water/Sewer Availability request, as applicable.  For the list of submittal requirements, see the Development Plan Checklist.

Step 6:  Joint Conceptual Workshop

The applicant presents the proposal to the BOMA and FMPC at a non-voting workshop.  An application must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the applicable meeting and is submitted through IDT.

Step 7:  Staff Review

The staff reviews the application and sends comments back to the applicant.

Step 8:  Resubmittal of Corrected Plans

The applicant resubmits corrected plans according to the Submittal Schedule through IDT.  The staff determines the completeness of the resubmittal, and then it is added to the meeting agenda.  Resubmittal must be within three consecutive resubmittal dates.  Failure to meet these dates requires a plan to start at the beginning of the process.

At least 15 days prior to the FMPC meeting date, the applicant mails a second set of notification letters to surrounding property owners using addresses that are provided by staff.  The applicant then submits a copy of the Public Notice Letter and a notarized Public Notice Affidavit with the resubmittal set.

Step 9:  FMPC Recommendation

The FMPC reviews the application and provides a recommendation to the BOMA.

Step 10:  BOMA Work Session

The item is placed on the next available BOMA Work Session after the FMPC meeting.  The item is discussed, but no vote is taken.

Step 11:  BOMA 1st Reading and Public Hearing

The 1st (and only) Reading and Public Hearing occur at least one month after the BOMA Work Session, due to public notice requirements. If this application is associated with a Rezoning application, then this item will be placed on the agenda that coincides with the 2nd Reading of the Rezoning application and the effective date for the development plan will coincide with the 3rd and Final Reading of the Rezoning.

Step 12:  One-Stop Submittal

The applicant submits to One-Stop to resolve all conditions of approval.