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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 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?
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 or


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, phone: 785-296-5600

 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 |


development services department | 785.309.5715

Gary Hobbie |
Krystal Norris | Development Coordinator |


building services division | 785.309.5715

Jim Brown | Building

  • 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 division785.309.5720

Dean Andrew | Administrator |
Dustin Herrs | Planner |

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


utilities department785.309.5725

Martha Tasker | Director of Utilities |

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


fire department | 785.826.7340

Roger Williams | Fire Marshal |

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


engineering division | 785.309.5725

Kent Johnson | Civil

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









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