CITY OF AUSTIN - DEVELOPMENT SERVICES UPDATE Changes to Site Plan Review Completeness Check
The following changes to the site plan review process will take effect for site plan review on Feb. 9, 2024:
1. Separating the Completeness Check and Formal Review processes. We are separating the Completeness Check Review process and Formal Review process for site plan, similar to subdivision. As a result, Completeness Check Review and Formal Review will now have separate expiration dates. The Completeness Check Review will officially begin one business day after payment, at which time the Intake team will process the application. After passing Completeness Check, applicants will have 45 days to submit and pay for their Formal Review application and, from that date, one year to complete the Formal Review.
This updated procedure increases the amount of time applicants have to complete the Formal Review process by starting the one-year window for Formal Review when the application is ready for review. These updates also include a series of operational enhancements that collectively result in a more efficient, timely, and streamlined Formal Review process.
2. Improved web forms for Completeness Check and Formal Reviews. To support these separate review processes, there will be different web forms for the Completeness Check Review process and Formal Review process. Both web forms will require you to submit a different application. You will only submit the Formal Review web form with the new Site Plan Formal Application (fillable PDF) once you have passed Completeness Check Review.
3. New Completeness Check Certification Letter. This new letter will be provided to you after your project passes the Completeness Check Review process. You will need this letter to submit for Formal Review. It also serves as your reminder that you have 45 days from receiving it to submit your Formal Review application and pay the applicable fees.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to improve the development process.
We are planning additional changes that will impact the Site Plan Completeness Check Process in the coming months.
City of Austin Development Services Department
CITY OF AUSTIN - SITE PLAN CORRECTION REQUESTS NOW ACCEPTED ONLINE
To improve efficiency, DSD recently launched a Site Plan Correction Request web form. This replaces the old procedure of having to submit the completed form by email and will allow staff to process your request faster. Both new corrections and updates to existing corrections are supported with this new web form. Details on the items needed for a Site Plan Correction can be found on the DSD website.
CITY OF HUTTO Refreshing Codes and Manuals – the Hutto City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission hosted a joint meeting to discuss current development and update the Unified Development Code and Engineering Manual.
City of Austin Stay Home Work Safe Order No. 20200529-012
ACEA and others advocated to have this language added to the new City of Austin Order. Page 12 includes the following: SECTION 8. Except for payment of taxes and assessments as provided below, any deadline or expiration date imposed by City code, ordinance, rule, or regulation is SUSPENDED through the term of this Order. All deadlines and expiration dates for site plans, subdivisions, zoning, building permits, and similar development applications or permits are extended until August 15, 2020, or the date they would have normally expired, whichever is later. Notwithstanding the date this Order terminates, this section shall remain in effect until August 15, 2020.
The City of Austin has completed the Street Impact Fee Study, a two-year analysis and calculation of the costs to fund roadway infrastructure required to meet the needs of new development. The Street Impact Fee Study Report provides the City Council with the maximum allowable roadway impact fee that could be assessed by the City of Austin, complying with Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Update in response to suggestions made by ACEA member Michael Fisher, P.E. in separate conversations, The City of Round Rock Planning and Development Services Department has placed the development scenario’s in the form of a memo on letterhead and posted it to the PDS website in a couple of locations (Land Development page under SDP and SIP sections; see below).