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(1) Preapplication Conference.

(a) Prior to submission of a planned development application and map(s), the proponent shall schedule a preapplication conference with the administrator and representatives of other affected city departments. The proponent shall present a conceptual plan of the planned development including a general outline of the proposal represented by sketch plans. The administrator will respond informally and address potential items of concern to aid the proponent in preparing the planned development application and map(s).

(b) The administrator shall furnish the proponent with a written review of the conference regarding the relationship of the planned development to the comprehensive plan and any applicable city zoning ordinances, design standards, and policies.

(2) Study Session. Prior to the submission of the planned development application and map(s) to the hearing examiner for action, the administrator shall schedule a planning agency study session. The administrator and the planned development proponent shall present the conceptual planned development to the planning agency so that the planning agency may study the proposal.

(3) Planned Development Application and Maps. The planned development application and map(s) shall be filed with the city on forms prescribed by the administrator and shall provide the information proscribed in Chapter 18.49 ECMC. The application shall be accompanied by three paper copies and one digital copy of the planned development application and map(s). A nonrefundable fee shall accompany each and every application for a preliminary planned development.

(4) Landscaping Plan. A landscaping plan must be submitted for approval as per Chapter 18.47 ECMC.

(5) Environmental Information. Environmental information shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidelines established under the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971, as amended, and ECMC Title 16, Environment. Said information is a part of and must accompany the planned development application and map(s).

(6) Alternate(s). Requests for alternate(s) of city design standards and community street and utility standards shall be submitted as a part of and must accompany the planned development application and map(s). The planning agency shall recommend to the hearing examiner that the requested alternative(s) be either approved, conditionally approved, or denied. The hearing examiner shall either approve, conditionally approve, or deny the requested alternative(s) based upon the recommendation of the planning agency and testimony presented before the hearing examiner. Alternative(s) of city design standards and community street and utility standards shall be listed in the ordinance conditionally approving and establishing the planned development.

(7) Comprehensive Plan. The planned development shall be consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.

(8) Findings of Fact. Every decision or recommendation made under this chapter by the planning agency or hearing examiner shall be in writing and shall include findings of fact and conclusions to support the decision or recommendation.

(9) Subdivision Approval. A planned development for which subdivision or binding site plan approval is required may be submitted as a planned development with short plat, a planned development major plat, or a planned development binding site plan. Such a planned development shall be submitted and processed in conformance with the appropriate subdivision chapter of the Electric City Municipal Code and the requirements of this chapter. Redundant procedures or technical requirements shall be incorporated into the requirements and procedures of the appropriate subdivision chapter so as to not create unnecessary hardship or delay. Procedurally the preliminary and final planned development element of a planned development short plat, major plat, or binding site plan must be approved prior to the required subdivision approvals. Such approvals may be given concurrently by the appropriate approving body. (Ord. 517 § 1, 2016; Ord. 416 § 1, 2009)