Application Submittal and Review

The submittal of an application triggers the following steps.

With a Type I application (link to VMC 20.210.040), the steps involve a counter complete check at the counter, the determination if the application is fully complete and the issuance of a preliminary decision. Only the parties of record would be able to appeal the decision within the 14-day appeal period. If no appeal, the submittal moves into the final approval stage.

Type II application (link to VMC 20.210.050) submittals would include a counter complete check at the counter and a subsequent determination if the application is fully complete. Once the application is complete, a public notice is sent out for a 14-day public comment period. At the end of the comment period, a staff report is prepared by staff which contains the preliminary decision on the project. Once the decision has been issued, a 14-day appeal period starts where parties of record could appeal the decision. If no appeal, the application moves into the final approval stage.

Type III application (link to VMC 20.210.060) submittals start with a counter complete check and then a subsequent check to determine if the application is fully complete. Once the application is complete, a public notice including the time and date of the hearing is sent out for a 30-day public comment period. At the end of the comment period, a staff report is prepared by staff on the project to the city’s Hearing Examiner. The public hearing is held and the Hearing Examiner issues a decision. Once the decision has been issued, a 14-day appeal period starts where parties of record could appeal the decision.If no appeal, the application moves into the final approval stage.

Type IV application (link to VMC 20.210.070) submittal follow the same procedure as the Type III applications with the exception of the hearings. The initial public hearing is before the Hearing Examiner or Planning Commission and the final public hearing is before the City Council.

Go to Permit and Development Applications

Public Hearings

For Type III applications, a public hearing is required before the city’s Hearing Examiner. The public hearing provides an opportunity for the applicant to provide project details; staff to provide project details and present a recommendation; and affected parties-in-interest to provide testimony to be considered prior to a decision being made by the Hearing Examiner.
Link to Hearing Examiner page

For Type IV applications, the application requires an initial public hearing before either the Hearing Examiner or the Planning Commission. Their recommendation is then forwarded onto the City Council for the issuance of the final decision.

Final

After the preliminary land use decision is issued, an application for final approval is submitted. This application includes any revisions and/or submittal of additional information identified in the detailed staff report prepared by city staff for Type I and II applications; and identified in the Final Order prepared by the city’s Hearing Examiner for Type III applications. Once the final land use decision has been granted, you may pick up approved building permits and begin your construction.