Development & Site Plan Review

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option


Minor Development Site Plan Review
Minor developments consist of a structure or combination of structures on tracts less than 2 acres in size and having a total gross aggregate floor area between 500 and 10,000 square feet.

Major Development Site Plan Review
Major developments consist of any structure or combination of structures on a tract of 2 acres or more; or structures, including mutli-family, having a total gross aggregate floor area of 10,000 square feet. Applicants for major developments are required to appear before the Technical Review Committee (TRC).

Professional Seals: Professional seals (engineers, land surveyors, architects, etc) on digital plans will need to be redacted from digital copies submitted to the city for review. Please be sure to mark, strike through, or conceal any professional seal located on your digital (re)submittals (e.g. PDF). This applies to digital copies only. Hard copies may continue to include professional seals. If you have any questions please contact the plan review staff (contact information below). 


Concept Plan Review
As an alternative to a complete site plan review, potential developers can appear before the Technical Review Committee (TRC) for a Concept Plan Review before submitting an application for a full site plan review. Developers are encouraged to do this prior to submitting fully-designed plans. The Concept Plan Review allows the applicant to meet with TRC staff informally to review the project and work through any potential site issues prior to the developer investing too much time and financial resources.

All concept review applications will be discussed at the next available TRC meeting. Fully completed major site plan applications are given priority on the agenda. Every effort will be made to accommodate concept plan reviews at the next meeting, but if there are more than two full site plan reviews scheduled, the concept review will be moved to the next available meeting. To be eligible for consideration for the first available TRC meeting, the application is required to be submitted to the Planning Division with a current tax parcel map of the property location no later than 1:00 p.m. on the Friday prior the TRC meeting.


For further assistance, please contact the Planning office at 910.254.0900.


When the property lines of a parcel within the city limits are changed, the legal recording of all property divisions is completed by map. The map - officially called a "final plat" - of the division is recorded at the local Register of Deeds.

Major Subdivisions receive initial review before the Technical Review Committee, then a Preliminary Subdivision Plan is submitted to planning staff. A project planner processes the plan so that the Subdivision Review Board (SRB) can consider it for approval. All major subdivisions are heard at a formal meeting of the SRB.

Minor Subdivisions also require preparation of a Preliminary Subdivision Plan. A plan which meets City requirements must be submitted with a completed application and the required fee. These plans are reviewed formally by city staff. Typically, these plans are not reviewed by the SRB.

The City subdivision regulations apply to residential and commercial development.

The Technical Review Committee issues formal comments and guidance to developers so that city code requirements and engineering technical standards are satisfied.

The Subdivision Review Board considers major subdivision plans at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Subdivision Plat Review:

Map Review Officer: Plats to be recorded at the New Hanover County (NHC) Register of Deeds must be signed by an NHC Map Review Officer. Contact a Map Review Officer at 910.254.0900.

Exempt Subdivision Plats:

Certain plats do not require a Preliminary Subdivision Plan. Minor parcel adjustments may qualify as an exempt division. Sign-off by planning or zoning staff is required. Contact 910.254.0900.



Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Download Acrobat Reader Flash Player Download Flash Player Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Download Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Download Word Viewer Excel Viewer Download Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer