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Most projects require either administrative zoning approval or formal City Council zoning review and approval. If administrative approval is needed this will be done by staff at the time a building permit is issued.
If formal review by the City Council is needed, that begins with filing an application, plan information, and a fee for review. We’ll provide the application form and a checklist for your submittal. The application(s) required differ by project. Written and electronic applications may be accepted. When we receive your application, we’ll review it to make sure all the materials needed are included. If not, staff will let you know what additional items are needed.
What happens after we receive a completed application
After we receive your complete application for Council review we will process the request. The review timeline and process will vary by what is proposed. The review process may be completed by the Community Development Department, may involve review at a staff meeting, may involve review by City contracted consultants, and/or may require review by the Planning Commission and approval by the City Council.
Staff review may identify issues that need to be addressed which may result in conditional approval. Oftentimes projects require at least one round of revisions with the potential for additional staff review/meetings. Complex issues may require an additional time and/or meetings to resolve. Applicants may and are encouraged to participate in meetings where their applications are being discussed.
If a public hearing is needed, staff will determine whether your proposal is ready for a public hearing after the initial staff review. A public hearing notice will be drafted and sent to the Belle Plaine Herald for publication. The hearing notice will be posted online and mailed, if required, to property owners within 350 feet of the subject property. If review by the Planning Commission and/or City Council is required, staff will provide you a copy of the formal staff review letter and, if applicable, potential conditions of approval prior to the item being addressed at a public meeting. Public meeting packets are also available for downloading from www.belleplainemn.com simply click on the meeting date on the calendar and select the appropriate meeting.