Development Option


The purpose of a development option plan is to review a development option that requires a determination of compliance with these land development regulations (LDRs) prior to preparation of physical development, use, or subdivision permit applications, but does not require public review.

When Is This Required?

A development option plan is required for development options that are below a certain threshold for project size or number of units and do not involve subdivision. Development options that require a development plan are identified in the standards for each zone, found in Articles 2-4, Subsection D.4, Permit Requirement Thresholds.


  • How Long: Up to 90 days after application deemed sufficient
  • Who Decides:
    • Final Decision: Planning Director

Helpful Tips

  • A Development Option Plan is typically required with an Urban Cluster Development of 4 units or less. Beyond that, a Development Option Plan is an optional process for smaller developments where the applicant seeks staff level approval for their development prior to submission of a Building Permit.
  • The Development Option Plan, if approved, vests a project for 18 months in the event the applicant is not immediately ready to build, but wants to secure development rights particular to the zoning at that time.

How to Apply

A pre-application is required prior to submission of Development Option Plan. An environmental analysis may be required. Applications must be submitted within 1 year of pre-application conference.

Please submit an application packet via email to the Planning Department that includes the following (paper applications are not accepted): 


The development option plan fees are $640.