Steps in the Development Process

The City of Allen is committed to creating a safe, beautiful and economically-stable community through our development process. This process helps private property owners rightfully develop their land in a way that considers the health, safety and aesthetics of our entire community.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Operational Changes

On March 16, 2020, the City of Allen initiated a local disaster declaration for public health emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. Many city facilities have closed or modified operations in response to this declaration.

Modified Application Submittal Process

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  1. Development Process
  2. Stay Informed
  3. ZONING/DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK

Developments that fit within a property's existing zoning are reviewed by staff for compliance with the Allen Land Development Code (ALDC). If the development meets all requirements, it does not require separate approval from Allen City Council. If a zoning change is requested, the development undergoes a more rigorous review process, including but not limited to:

DEVELOPMENT STEPTIMEFRAMEWHAT'S INVOLVED?
Staff reviewWeeks or months, depending on scope of the project. Many developers make changes and resubmit plans as staff feedback is given.Examination of all aspects of the development plan. A technical review committee consisting of representatives from planning, engineering, fire, parks, waste services, building and code, and information technology assess the development's impact on services and constituents.

Developments that will generate more than 1,000 trips per day are required to perform a traffic impact analysis by a registered professional engineer with a background in traffic engineering.

During this time, developers are expected to meet with neighboring property owners to provide details about the development, solicit feedback and address concerns. 
Public notificationAt least 10 days before public hearingsA zoning sign is installed on the property at least 10 days before the scheduled Planning & Zoning Commission hearing.

Property owners within 200 feet of the proposed development are notified by mail, postmarked at least 10 days before the scheduled Planning & Zoning Commission hearing.

A legally-required newspaper ad is published in Allen American at least 10 days before the scheduled Allen City Council meeting.
Allen Planning & Zoning Commission

Public hearing, presentation and recommendation
Allen Planning & Zoning Commission meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. Meeting agendas, which contain details about each project to be discussed, are posted 72 hours before each meeting on the City Meeting Calendar.Staff present the working draft of the development plan and recommend approval or denial.

Members of the public may ask questions, give opinions or express support/opposition by speaking or submitting a comment cart.

Commission members may choose to table discussion until further information is provided or additional actions are taken. A vote determines whether the development is recommended to Allen City Council for approval.

If approval is not recommended, developers can request that Allen City Council considers their case anyway.
Allen City Council

Public hearing, presentation and vote
Allen City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Meeting agendas, which contain details about each project to be discussed, are posted 72 hours before each meeting on the City Meeting Calendar.
Staff present the final development plan, noting whether staff and/or the Allen Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval.

Members of the public may ask questions, give opinions or express support/opposition by speaking or submitting a comment cart.

Council members may choose to table discussion until further information is provided or additional actions are taken.

A majority vote representing a quorum is needed for approval. Cases not recommended for approval by Planning & Zoning Commission must receive a super-majority vote (6/7).