Development Process, Applications, & Calendar

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The following calendars provide the meeting dates for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA), Design Review Committee (DRC), Planning Commission (PC), and the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).  Application submittal deadlines to be considered on these Agendas are also provided.  In order to provide staff ample time to review each submittal and provide applicants with comments, changes, recommendations, etc., these deadlines must be adhered to for new projects. 
                2018 Calendar (July - Dec)           2019 Calendar (Jan - June)

Arlington Development Process

Arlington has created a process to ensure quality development in our Town, with an emphasis on strong design standards.  Looking around town, you can see examples of this in our new development.  The Submittal Calendars above includes a general Flow-Chart for how a typical project would proceed, and staff is available to answer questions for developers and their design professionals throughout the development process.  
Flow Chart - Development Process
Site Selection
First priority with a new business is finding the right location, ensuring your use is authorized, and determining what standards to expect.  The current Zoning map, Future Land Use plan and development standards can all be found in the Publications section of the Town's website (e.g. Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Design Standards Manual).   Once you determine the Zoning Designation of a property, the table of allowable uses (Chapter 4.8) can be used to provide additional information on the particular uses permitted on that site.  As always, if you have any questions about a use or zoning designation, please call Town Hall to confirm (901-867-2620).

Pre-Application Meeting with Development Staff
It is highly recommended that a developer's design professionals meet with Staff to discuss or identify any items or importance that may impact the layout of a site or other considerations.  The design team can present conceptual drawings to staff at one of the scheduled pre-application meetings.  Pre-application meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, and are to be scheduled approximately one week in advance.  To schedule, please contact the Planning Department at 901-867-2620.  

Planning Commission  
The Planning Commission meets once per month, generally on the third Monday at 6:30 pm.  Applications are due roughly 45 days prior to the meeting.  The meeting schedule and application deadlines are available above.

The Planning Commission reviews all subdivision and site plan requests, as well as rezoning and Planned Developments.  They ensure that new development meets the standards set forth in the development standards and results in a product that will enhance the quality of our community.  Application forms are available on the Town website.  These forms outline the required documentation that is to be provided.  

Design Review Committee  
The Design Review Committee (DRC) meets once per month, generally on the second Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Applications are due roughly 35 days prior to the meeting.  The meeting schedule and application deadlines are available above.    Application forms are available on the Town website, which outline the required documentation that is to be provided. 

Quality design sets the visual standard for development in Arlington.  The DRC reviews architectural details of the exterior of each new building, along with lighting, landscaping, signage, and any exterior amenities.  The Design Standards Manual provides an outline for the type of development that is expected, and includes the Depot Square Design Guidelines specific to our Depot Square area of Town.  

Board of Mayor and Aldermen  
The Board generally meets the first Monday of each month.  Any Planned Development Project or development requiring public improvements is reviewed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen so that a development agreement (development contract) may be entered into between the Town and the developer.  The contract sets the expectations for construction and completion, as well as a bond amount for construction. 
Building Codes and Building Permits   
Shelby County Code Enforcement provides the Codes and Building Inspection services for the Town of Arlington.  All Residential building permits for new homes, additions, accessory structures, pools, fences and more are submitted to Town Hall first, and then forwarded to the County for review and inspection. 

Commercial and Industrial permits are processed directly through Shelby County, but will require Use and Occupancy approval for new uses.   On new construction, once a development has received approvals from the Town, all revised plans submitted, fees received, bond posted, etc., a building permit may be issued in accordance with the applicable building codes.  

All questions regarding specific Building Codes should be directed to Shelby Co Code Enforcement at 901-222-8300.

Stormwater Construction Permits 
Construction sites involving clearing, grading or excavation that result in an area of disturbance of one (1) or more acres, and activities that result in the disturbance of less than one acre if they are part of a larger common plan of development are required to obtain an NPDES Stormwater Permit to confirm they meet Stormwater requirements.  Permits are processed through the TN Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) and more information is available here:  TDEC - Stormwater Permit 

Application Forms  
The following applications are required for submittal to the appropriate Board or Committee. Applications include Site Plan; Design, Engineering, and Final Plats; General and Master Development Plans; Rezoning, Land Disturbance, and Minor Plats; and sign approval:
Additional Permits
In addition to standard development permits, Arlington also requires permits for the following:  Business Tax License, Door-to-Door Solicitors, Fence Permits, Permanent Sign Permits, and Temporary Sign Permits. 

Arlington Development Review Process - Flow Chart:

Note:  This is a general flowchart of the development process. Any special condition, use, or other situation may result in additional review or consideration. All requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Municipal Codes, Design Standards Manual, and any other federal, state, or local requirements shall be addressed through this process.

Planning and Development

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