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Our Mission is to encourage and promote safe, quality development 
and construction
in the City of Salina.


At the Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Salina City Planning Commission meeting, Ron Fiscus of PlanScape Partners, representing RibCrib BBQ restaurant, stated:

"We get to see a lot of planning commissions, city councils and city staffs throughout the country. You as a Planning Commission need to know that the process that your staff goes through with the design [development] review team is excellent. It's absolutely the best we've seen. As you are looking at development in Salina, you need to know your staff is well-equipped for that." 

Horan, T. (2014, July 2). Salina Journal, p. A5.

Development Review Team
Phone:  785-309-5715 or 785-309-5720

In an effort to cut through some of the typical red tape that one might expect when obtaining City approval for a commercial development project, the City of Salina formed the Development Review Team (DRT). The DRT is comprised of a cross section of the City’s key staff members that work with development projects on a daily basis. Their mission is to work closely with the project representatives, provide thorough review and feedback of each major project proposed and to unearth solutions to project issues at the earliest possible stages with the goal of making each project successful.  (What is DRT? - click here for brochure)

Mike Schrage, Deputy City Manager, oversees the DRT, which includes the Director of Community and Development Services, Planning & Zoning Administrator and/or Assistant Planner, City Engineer and/or Civil Engineer, Director of Utilities, Building Official and/or Plans Examiner, Fire Marshal and/or Fire Prevention Officer, and Development Coordinator. 

Deputy City Manager, Mike Schrage - 
                                                                    or 785-309-5700

Development Coordinator, Krystal Norris - 
                                                                              or 785-309-5720

Development Services Department Director of Planning & Community Development, Gary Hobbie

    Planning Division   Planning and Zoning Administrator, Dean Andrew 
                                    Assistant Planner, Dustin Herrs  

  • Zoning regulations including the process for re-zoning
  • Plat requirements
  • Primary development areas available
  • Landscaping, parking, lighting
  • Signage

    Building Services Division   Building Official, Elvin DeVorss 

    Building Code Issues, including plumbing, mechanical, electrical

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Building permit approval and issuance - The Building Services Division coordinates the permit plan review with all other involved City departments
  • Inspections during the course of construction
  • Coordination of the final inspection process and issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy

Engineering -     City Engineer - Dan Stack 
                             Civil Engineer - Kent Johnson 

    Traffic control issues (access, curb cuts, traffic impact)

Utilities -       Director of Utilities – Martha Tasker 

  • Water Service Systems
  • Sewer Service Systems
  • Grease Interceptors and cross-connection issues

Fire Department    Chief Larry Mullikin
                                   Fire Marshal Roger Williams

  • Fire safety issues
  • Emergency access issues
  • Fire Code compliance

Food Service Establishments - Approvals and Licensing:  
Effective January 11, 2010, the Kansas State Department of Agriculture (KSDA) assumed direct management, oversight and enforcement of the food services regulations, including initial document submittal to the State, approvals, inspections and issuance of a license. The Salina-Saline County Health Department will no longer be the point of contact for any approvals, licensing, or enforcement of the regulations for food service establishments.  (click here for more information)

Any preliminary approvals or issuance of building permits or certificates of occupancy, by the City of Salina staff or City departments, will not constitute approval or licensing by the State of Kansas, Department of Agriculture.  KSDA approvals must be obtained through direct contact with the KSDA.  Contact the KSDA Food Safety Program offices at 109 SW 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Topeka, KS  66612, phone: 785-296-5600

The DRT adheres to the City of Salina Commitment to Service Quality (CSQ) by: (click here for CSQ) 

  • Demonstrating appreciation, courtesy and integrity
  • Ensuring open communication and professionalism
  • Providing a value-added development review / inspection process that is the simplest, most user-friendly possible
  • Recognizing the public good, value of public input and openness to new ideas
  • Demonstrating efficiency, reliability and timeliness
  • An accurate and solution-based interpretation of all regulations
  • An approach that is helpful, practical and quality-driven 

The DRT ensures efficient coordination of development services through effective use and coordination of staff time, consistent technical interpretation and quality decision making, which is essential for success.  DRT offers the following services for commercial development projects:

  • Coordinated correspondence for commercial projects. One plan review letter includes comments from all applicable reviewing departments.
  • An initial plan review performance goal of 10 working days resulting in either building permit approval or a plan review letter.
  • A 5-working day plan review performance goal for plans submitted in response to a plan review letter.
  • Quick Problem Resolutions (QPR) are used to solve problems encountered throughout the project sequence without stalling the project.  These meetings are scheduled within 48 hours of the request and a written resolution is provided within 24 hours of the meeting.  QPR meetings are moderated by the City Manager or Deputy City Manager.  (click here for "QPR Handout")
  • Coordinated Final Inspection with representatives from each department involved in the plan review.
  • DRT staff can also provide development related assistance in areas beyond the typical building permit items.
  • DRT regularly solicits feedback from the development community through surveys and uses the feedback in continuous improvement efforts.

DRT tracks survey results to evaluate team performance on several facets including attitude, level of assistance and timeliness or response.

Effective real estate development requires a great degree of accountability and effective communication among all parties.  Exceptional development results from committed teamwork between the development community and City staff.  The DRT is committed to the success of quality development projects for the City of Salina.

When do I need to schedule a meeting?  (click here for "DRT Pamphlet/Handout")
A meeting can be scheduled to present a preliminary/conceptual development plan or to present a detailed development plan with supporting documentation (e.g.: site plan, traffic study, drainage study, floor plans)

How do I schedule a DRT meeting? (click here for "Request for DRT Meeting")
The Development Review Team is available to meet with developers, engineers, architects and owners on Wednesday afternoons. To request a meeting contact Krystal Norris, Development Coordinator at 785-309-5715 or

What do I need to bring to this meeting?
If you plan to present a site plan(click here for "Site Plan Checklist") or any other type of development documents, you will need to submit 6 copies to the Development Coordinator a week before the date of the meeting. Staff will review these documents and be better prepared to answer questions at the meeting.

Who needs to come to the meeting?
The developer, property owner, design professional (licensed architect), and/or licensed engineer.

What can I expect to gain from this meeting? (click here for "Meeting Outline")   
Meeting with the Development Review Team will allow all parties involved with the development project to ask questions of City staff involved in the development process. There may be issues regarding zoning, infrastructure, and drainage that must be resolved before you can build.  This meeting is not designed to answer all of the questions that you might have at your initial presentation.  It will however enable Staff to identify possible hot button issues and to initiate research to provide answers to your questions at a later date.  Staff will prepare a written meeting summary to be sent to you within a few days of the meetings.  The summary will bullet all critical issues, and may include further answers to questions as staff has time to review and discuss specific plan details.


Building Services         785-309-5715
Engineering 785-309-5725
Utilities 785-309-5735
Planning 785-309-5720
Fire 785-826-7340    











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