Site Approval


A Site Approval (SA) is required for the physical alteration of a lot or parcel, the construction of a new building, or the addition to or alteration of an existing building. Site Approval provides a process whereby the proposed project is reviewed to determine the exact building location on the project site to ensure that the integrity and character of the physical fabric of the residential, commercial, and industrial areas of the City are protected, consistent with the City’s goals and policies of the General Plan. The SA will be reviewed by staff and the Planning Commission which will examine the site plan, building elevations, landscaping, parking and if applicable the environmental impacts.

How do I begin the Site Approval process?

  1. Although not required, staff suggests a Preliminary Plan Review (PR) for larger or potentially controversial projects. This allows applicants to review the project with staff and get preliminary feedback prior to formal submittal of the project. Once submitted, staff will place the item on the first available DRC agenda meeting date. The applicant meets with representatives from all City Departments to obtain feedback on their proposal. The most common question is "What should be on the basic site plan?" The answer is quite simple: the more details you provide on the site plan will generate more precise comments from staff when they review your project. Staff will outline the development process and identify potential problem areas of the site plan and any design requirements for the project.
  2. In order to begin the Site Approval process, you must complete a Land Use, Development & Subdivision Application and submit it along with all required information, and pay all applicable fees for the entire process. The day of submission will determine possible DRC and future Planning Commission and City Council Agenda dates.

What type of hearing is required for a Site Approval?
A Site Approval is required to be reviewed at a public hearing by the Planning Commission.

What is the review process for a Site Approval?

  • Talk to a planner to obtain information and an application.
  • Submit completed application.
  • Planning staff review.
  • Design Review Committee reviews project with applicant.
  • Application completeness and level of environmental review is determined.
  • Notice of public hearing is advertised and posted.
  • Staff makes a recommendation/decision.
  • The Planning Commission public hearing takes place.
  • 10 day appeal period.

Are there submittal deadlines for a Site Approval application?
Filing deadlines for Site Approval occur every two weeks. For a list of submittal deadline dates, see the Project Review Calendar.

How long is the Site Approval process?
A Site Approval usually takes 12 to 16 weeks to review. The length of time to process the Site Approval could exceed 16 weeks depending on the extent of the project.

What is the filing fee for a Site Approval application?
Please click here to view the current fee schedule.

Is there an appeal procedure for a Site Approval?
If someone is concerned about the decision made on a Site Approval, the decision may be appealed to the City Council. Appeals must be made within 10 calendar days of the decision, and can be made by submitting the Appeal Application to the Planning Division staff in City Hall.

Filing and payment of a Site Approval application for processing does not guarantee approval of the project.

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