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League of Kansas Municipalities - Development Review Team (DRT) Article
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League of Kansas Municipalities - Plan Review Article
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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
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)
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
- 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
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?
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 "DRT Meeting Request" form)
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
What do I need to bring to this meeting?
Please see the DRT Meeting Request form (link provided above) for a list
of requested documents, which vary depending on the type of meeting you
are requesting (conceptual vs. full development presentation).
Documents should be emailed (PDF files only, please) to the Development
Coordinator a minimum of one week prior to a scheduled DRT meeting to allow staff adequate time to review and prepare for your 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.
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. (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,
The Development Review Team consists of representatives from each department / division listed below:
city manager’s office | 785.309.5700
Mike Schrage | Deputy City Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
development services department | 785.309.5715
Gary Hobbie | Director | email@example.com
Krystal Norris | Development Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
building services division | 785.309.5715
Jim Brown | Building Official | email@example.com
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
planning & zoning division | 785.309.5720
Dean Andrew | Administrator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dustin Herrs | Planner | email@example.com
- Zoning regulations including the process for re-zoning
- Plat requirements
- Primary development areas available
- Landscaping, parking, lighting
utilities department | 785.309.5725
Martha Tasker | Director of Utilities | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Water Service Systems
- Sewer Service Systems
- Grease Interceptors and cross-connection issues
fire department | 785.826.7340
Roger Williams | Fire Marshal | email@example.com
- Fire safety issues
- Emergency access issues
- Fire Code compliance
engineering division | 785.309.5725
Kent Johnson | Civil Engineer | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Traffic control issues (access, curb cuts, traffic impact)