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Design Adjustments

Last updated Jan. 19, 2017 - 3:54 pm

The purpose of a Design Adjustment is to allow a developer to seek variance from specific elements of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

All Design Adjustments shall be reviewed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.2.18 of the UDO and the applicable Design Adjustment findings.

Prerequisites

A request for Design Adjustment may be submitted at the time of application for a preliminary subdivision plan, site plan or plot plan. A Design Adjustment may also be requested by staff during plan review if it is deemed necessary. The application cannot be processed until a plan is in review. The Design Adjustment must be approved prior to any plan approval.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
  • Design Adjustment Application
    • The application must be filled out in its entirety – failure to do so will result in delay of processing
    • The application must be notarized
    • Applications may be submitted via email (see contacts on sidebar for email addresses) or hardcopy
  • A vicinity map clearly identifying the property
  • Applicable plan sheets showing the requested adjustment
  • The code section that an adjustment is being requested for
  • Documentation in support of the request – this information may be submitted via email or hardcopy (see contacts on sidebar for email addresses)

Additional Information

Design Adjustment criteria can be found in Chapter 8 of the Unified Development Ordinance under the following articles:

Article 8.3. Blocks, Lots and Access. This article lays out criteria for a well-connected street network. New streets should be designed with future development in mind to encourage vehicular and pedestrian access within and to adjacent developments. Pedestrian, bike and vehicular access should be safe, direct and convenient. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.3.6.

Article 8.4. New Streets. This article describes guidelines for the construction of new streets throughout the City and is intended to provide a catalog of pre-approved street types that are appropriate to use. The City has approved a separate Street Design Manual which provides further details. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.4.1.E.

Article 8.5. Existing Streets. This article describes guidelines for the construction of street improvements and streetscapes for existing streets throughout the City. It is intended to address when street and streetscape improvements are appropriate through the application of the pre-approved street types in this chapter. The City has an approved Street Design Manual which provides further details. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.5.1.G.

Expected Processing Time

Once the application (including all applicable support material) is submitted, staff will generate a response to accompany the submittal to the Public Works Director. The Director shall take into consideration all provided information and the Design Adjustment findings for the request and either approve, approve with conditions, or deny the request within 60 days of receipt of a completed application.

Additional review time may be necessary when the Design Adjustment involves review by another municipal or state entity or when detailed engineering studies are submitted to or required by the Public Works Director.

Fees

There are no fees associated with a Design Adjustment application.

Next Steps

Applicants will receive a staff Response Letter for their record of approval, approval with conditions, or denial.

In accordance with Section 10.2.11, an appeal to the Public Works Director’s decision may be made to the Board of Adjustment within 30 days from the date of the decision.

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