Site Plan Process

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

Please contact the Planning Department at (919) 552-1429 or to schedule any of the meetings described below.

The Process

The following outlines the typical process followed for site development:

Pre-Development Meeting


The Town encourages a pre-development meeting prior to submitting 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 LDO.     

Pre-Submittal Meeting


The Town requires a pre-submittal meeting prior to submitting a site plan. This meeting is scheduled once a project has gone beyond the due diligence stage and includes a sketch plan or layout of the development. Town Staff can offer assistance during the meeting in order to expedite the formal staff review process.

Site Plan Submittal

The formal site plan review process begins when the application package is submitted 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. Click HERE for the checklist used in reviewing site plans. Site plans are “construction drawings” which means that a full site development package is required. Applications can be submitted at any time during business hours as 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, at which time, the 21-business day review cycle begins again. Plans are approved once a site plan is deemed to be in compliance with Town requirements.   

Building Plan Submittal

Building plans are reviewed by the Town's Inspections Department. Building plans can be submitted 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.

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