Site Plan Process

A site plan is required for construction of new commercial and industrial development, building expansions and additions meeting certain criteria, as well as other specific circumstances outlined by the Town's Land Development Ordinance. 

The Process

The following outlines the typical process followed for site development:

Pre-Development Meeting


A pre-development meeting is encouraged prior to submission of a site plan application.  This meeting provides assistance with the review process and schedule; outlines the proposed scope of work and development; and familiarizes applicants with the provisions of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO).  Please contact the Planning Department at (919)552-1429 to schedule a pre-development meeting.    

Pre-Submittal Meeting


A pre-submittal meeting is required prior to submittal of a site plan to the Town.  This meeting is schedule once a project has gone beyond the due diligence stage, and includes a sketch plan or layout of the development so that assistance can be offered by Town Staff to expedite the formal staff review process.  Please contact the Planning Department at (919)552-1429 to schedule a pre-submittal meeting. 

Site Plan Submittal

The formal site plan review process begins with submittal of an application package to the Planning Department.  Click HERE for the application.  The application provides a list of all required submittal materials including the application fee.  A general outline of the review and approval process is also included in the application.  Site plans are “construction drawings” which means that a full site development package is required.  Applications can be submitted at any time; the Town does not have a specific schedule for site plan submittal.  
Town Staff will provide site plan review comments within 21 business days of processing, unless otherwise notified.  Revised plans are submitted at the will of an applicant.  The 21 business day review cycle begins again.  Once a site plan is deemed to be in compliance with Town requirements, plans are approved.  

Building Plan Submittal

Building plans are reviewed by the Town's Inspections Department.  Building plans can be submitted either simultaneous with the site plan, or after the site plan has been approved.  Please note that the building plans will not be approved until the site plan has been approved. Click HERE for the Town's Inspections Department. 

Pre-Construction Meeting

Prior to the start of construction a pre-construction meeting is scheduled through the Town's Public Works Department.  This meeting allows for coordination of inspections, construction process review, and collection of required fees.  Click HERE for the Town's Public Works Department.  

Construction of Infrastructure & Building(s)

Construction of infrastructure (streets, utilities, etc.) is inspected by the Town's Engineering Department.  Click HERE for the Town's Engineering Department. 

Building construction is inspected by the Town's Inspections Department.  Inspections related to site stabilization and zoning compliance are performed by the Town's Planning Department and are scheduled through the Inspections Department.  Click HERE for the Town's Inspections Department.