“Early and Often” – If you are thinking of bringing a new development project to Dublin that might require zoning approvals, Planning strongly encourages you to meet with us “Early and Often,” preferably before any project design work has begun. Whether you are the developer, land planner, or the property owner, Planning will arrange a meeting with members of various City departments to discuss your potential project and conceptual site plan early in the design process.
Pre-application assistance allows for early feedback on how conceptual site plans relate to the Community Plan and development regulations, and identification of potential issues, such as the availability of utilities, street connections and other related infrastructure, and other information that may affect a proposal.
Working with your design team allows the City to guide you toward a successful application that best represents the vision of the City of Dublin, and helps ensure for a smoother approval process.
Planning is also available to provide information to residents, landowners, developers and real estate professionals on zoning requirements applicable to their properties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to go through the Pre-Application process?
While it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that you meet “Early and Often” with the City before submitting a formal application for zoning approvals. The only exception to this is in the Bridge Street District where some pre-application meetings are required.
Who should attend?
Who typically attends the meetings depends on the timing and complexity of the proposal. If the proposal is at the preliminary stage and you simply want to discuss ideas and options, typically only the developer needs to attend the meeting. Once the proposal is at the conceptual site plan stage, the project engineer, architect, landscape architect, or other appropriate professionals should also attend.
Who from the City will attend?
“Early and Often” meetings may include City staff from other departments if relevant to the proposal. Depending on the size, complexity, and degree of the conceptual design, meetings may include a Planner, Engineer, Building Official, Fire Inspector, and others.
What should I bring to the meeting? Do I have to have a site plan?
What you bring to the meeting depends on the proposal and the level of feedback desired. If your proposal is in the preliminary stages, any information you can provide about the proposed use will help the City determine the appropriateness of the use for the site, availability of utilities, and other infrastructure that may be needed. If the proposal is at the conceptual site plan stage, then a site plan, proposed architecture, and examples of the proposed product would be helpful.
How many meetings are typically needed?
The number of meetings typically depends on the size, complexity, or other factors related to the project. Multiple meetings may be necessary prior to submitting a formal application.
Is there a fee for this meeting?
What happens after I meet with your team?
The purpose of meeting “Early and Often” is to work on issues related to the project as it goes through the development process. In some cases, the proposal may be ready for a building permit application. In others, reviews by the Planning and Zoning Commission or other body will be needed. The next steps depend on you. If your proposal is ready for further reviews, you will be advised as to application requirements and times. Once an application is filed, it is processed as a zoning approval. You will be advised of these next steps.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You may contact Jennifer Rauch, AICP, Planning Manager at 614.410.4690 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting.