What is the site plan process?
Below is a general description of the site plan process and the timeline each level represents.
1. Interested in Novi? Call the Planning Department at 248-347-0475 to arrange a Concept Meeting. This meeting with a Planner, Engineer and Landscape Architect provides an opportunity to learn more about the City and the Planning process. Meetings are typically scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
2. Pre-Application Meeting After you have attended a Concept Meeting and you have decided to develop a project in Novi, call the Planning Department at 248-347-0475 to set up a Pre-Application Meeting. These meetings are typically scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Bring ten sets of folded plans to the Planning Department and allow ten business days for review of the available plans (site plan, woodlands, wetlands, landscape plan, building façade elevations, etc.) by each of the City’s reviewers before the scheduled meeting date. There is no fee for the Pre-Application meeting. Pre-Application Meeting Request Form
3. Site Plan Approval After you have attended a Pre-Application Meeting, you can submit ten folded sets of Preliminary Site Plans to the Planning Department for review by the various disciplines. In some cases applicants are asked to resubmit Preliminary Site Plans before they are scheduled for a Planning Commission Meeting, in order to make changes to the plans to better comply with Ordinance requirements. Plans that are recommended for approval will be placed on the first available Planning Commission meeting agenda for their approval. Planning Commission meetings are typically held twice per month.
After receiving Planning Commission approval, allow for additional time to seek variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals (meetings held monthly) or additional approvals from City Council (meetings held twice monthly).
When all necessary approvals have been granted, you can submit ten folded sets of Final Site Plans to the Planning Department for review. In some cases applicants are asked to resubmit Final Site Plans with the necessary changes made to the plans. Upon the approval of your Final Site Plans, you will be asked to submit Stamping Sets. Your required legal documents (easements, master deed, etc.) will be requested at this time, if you have not already submitted them for review.