Development Review Information

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The City of Ames works with developers, designers, owners, and contractors to help many types of development to happen. It begins with the Development Review Committee (DRC), made up of City staff in eight departments. For subdividing land and development of sites for commercial, industrial, multi-family residential, and other uses, the DRC is a one-stop shop so that development customers do not need to contact and work with each staff member individually. DRC members seek to understand the customer’s objectives and also consider the development project with respect to their areas of expertise and the City codes, standards, and policies they are charged with implementing. DRC members coordinate with each other and with customers to develop in a way that is consistent with the City’s codes and plans.  

Flow chart of development review process

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Once DRC has reviewed the items below, they are sent to a Board or Commission

according to the type of development.

Minor Site Development Plan: Approval by Staff (Director of Planning & Housing)
Major Site Development Plan:  Recommendation by Planning & Zoning Commission, Approval by City Council
Master Plan:  Recommendation by Planning & Zoning Commission, Approval by City Council
Plat of Survey:  Approval by City Council
Preliminary Plat:  Recommendation by Planning & Zoning Commission, Approval by City Council
Final Plat:  Approval by City Council
Special Use Permit:  Approval by Zoning Board of Adjustment
Conditional Use Permit:  Approval by Zoning Board of Adjustment

Development Review Schedules

Please click on the following links to see the schedules for each group. 
            Staff Review Schedule 
            Planning & Zoning Commission Review Schedule
            Zoning Board of Adjustment Review Schedule 
            City Council Review Schedule

Development Applications

All development applications may be found on the Planning Applications page.

Business Development Toolkit (click here for more information) 


Mission and Purpose Statements

To view the Mission and Purpose Statements for the Development Review Committee, please click here.

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