Step 1. Sketch Plan - First, the Planning Department staff suggests that an informal sketch plan be submitted for review before the actual preliminary plan is formally submitted.
Step 2. A preliminary plan is submitted to the Planning Department by the applicant. The plan shows details of street construction, lot layout, storm drains, creeks, and adjacent properties. The plan should be prepared by a registered landscape architect, engineer, or land surveyor.
Step 3. Planning Department reviews the plan for conformance and forwards the plan to the Environmental Health Department and the City or County Engineering Departments for approval. Other departments may also be included in the review, depending on the plan.
Step 4. Reviewing departments each approve the plan and return it to the Planning Department staff.
Step 5. The staff grants official preliminary plan approval. Applicants are notified of the results. Construction of streets and storm drainage may begin at this time.