WHAT IS AN ARCHITECTURAL SITE PLAN REVIEW?
The architectural site plan review process reviews new and existing buildings, structures, roads, parking, sidewalks, and site improvements. Identifying all structures and site features.
WHO REVIEWS ARCHITECTURAL SITE PLANS?
The Planning Department staff of the City of Waterford will review minor projects that are straightforward in nature. The Planning Commission reviews all other projects and all sign programs. Projects reviewed by the staff may be referred to the Planning Commission for policy decisions or appeals of staff decisions.
WHAT STEPS ARE NECESSARY TO OBTAIN FORMAL ARCHITECTURAL SITE PLAN APPROVAL?
Step 1 – Filing an Application
The first step is to submit an application to the Planning Department. You also will need to pay the required fees then.
The application will be reviewed for completeness within thirty days. You will be notified if the application is found to be incomplete. Incomplete means that either all information required was not submitted or, some of that information was found inadequate. You will be told what information we need to make your application complete.
Step 2 – Environmental Review
Some applications need a preliminary environmental review by the case planner. The purpose of this review is to find out if the project will cause any adverse environmental impacts. You may be required to give us more information about traffic, noise, etc. After reviewing all the information, the case planner will make an environmental determination.
Staff Approval or Denial
For projects that staff can review and approve, the case planner will send your application to other departments and public agencies for their review. The case planner will decide whether to approve your project, approve it with conditions or deny your project. The case planner will notify you by letter of his/her action. You or any member of the public may appeal the case planner’s decision to the Planning Commission. This appeal must be filed in writing with the Planning Department within ten working days from the date of the letter notifying you of staff’s action.