Chapter 18.71


18.71.010    Purpose and applicability.

18.71.020    Development plan submittal requirements.

18.71.030    Review procedures.

18.71.040    Minor changes.

18.71.050    Repealed.

18.71.010 Purpose and applicability.

A. Purpose and Applicability. To require submittal of sufficient information by the developer to assure that zoning code requirements and other applicable town ordinances, regulations, and policies are met.

B. Applicability. The provisions of this chapter apply to:

1. Any proposed development other than three residential units or less located on an individual lot;

2. Substantial expansion of an existing development other than three residential units or less on an individual lot; and

3. Minor changes to existing developments as determined by the planning and building director pursuant to STC 18.71.040. [Ord. 2018-131 § 1; Ord. 2015-105 § 1; Ord. 2015-098 § 1; Ord. 2011-056 § 2; Ord. 2011-048 § 1; Ord. 1995-06 § 2.]

18.71.020 Development plan submittal requirements.

A. All development plans shall contain sufficient information to evidence compliance with all applicable town ordinances, regulations and policies. See checklist requirements in the planning and zoning division.

B. If the site is subject to special constraints or considerations, additional information and detail shall be submitted. Determination of whether site constraints and considerations are sufficient or require such additional submittal, and the type, detail and form of such additional information, shall be within the reasonable discretion of the planning director. Special constraints or considerations include but are not limited to flooding, traffic, slope, and soils conditions which may affect development of the site.

C. For every new development of residential apartments, or condominiums, or townhomes, a new residential recreation area shall be created. The new recreation area shall be illustrated on a proposed recreation area plan (RAP) submitted with the proposed development plan and shall conform with requirements of the Parks and Recreation Area Design Standards Manual, including pedestrian routes and bicycle routes. The RAP must be approved by the parks and recreation department and planning and building department as a condition of development plan approval.

D. Commercial and residential developments that encompass or abut trail corridors as listed on Figure 3 (Parks, Open Space, and Public Facilities) within the town of Sahuarita general plan, and/or other routes and trails maps and exhibits as shall be adopted by the town of Sahuarita, shall provide space to accommodate the subject trail corridor and developer shall construct the segment of the trail consistent with the standards and requirements of the Parks and Recreation Area Design Standards Manual, including pedestrian routes and bicycle routes. [Ord. 2018-131 § 1; Ord. 2015-098 § 1; Ord. 2011-056 § 2; Ord. 2011-048 § 1; Ord. 2005-04 § 3; Ord. 1995-06 § 2. Formerly 18.71.030.]

18.71.030 Review procedures.

A. Determination of Conformance with Rezoning Conditions. If the property was the subject of a rezoning case, the town of Sahuarita shall review the development plan for conformance with the preliminary development plan presented to the town council at time of conditional rezoning in accordance with Chapter 18.91 STC (Rezoning Procedures).

B. Preliminary Review.

1. The developer shall review the initial proposal for the development plan with the development review committee in a pre-application meeting prior to submittal of the development plan.

2. It is further recommended that the developer also consult with other agencies and utilities regarding site conditions and requirements for development.

C. Development Plan Submittals and Review Process.

1. The developer shall submit a development plan and other exhibits as required by the planning and building department together with application and fees.

2. The planning and building department shall cause to be transmitted copies of the development plan to other departments and agencies involved in the development review process, such as public works and utilities.

3. Comments and recommendations shall be provided in writing to the applicant within established review time frames.

4. The applicant will revise the submittal per the comments and recommendations provided.

5. Only when the development plan has been reviewed and is in compliance with town standards and other agency requirements will it be approved.

D. Time Limits.

1. Approval of the development plan shall be valid for a period of two years. A development plan shall be considered permanently in effect if building permits and/or development permits have been issued and substantial construction has been started, i.e., slabs and foundations poured, and streets, curbs, and utilities installed. Determination of substantial construction shall be by the planning and building director.

2. A one-time 12-month extension of approval may be granted by the planning and building director if the applicant files for the extension and pays any fees as required in Chapter 3.10 STC prior to the approval becoming void. An applicant for an extension must demonstrate that unforeseen circumstances beyond the applicant’s control caused the applicant to need the extension. The fee shall be waived if the unforeseen circumstances are caused directly by an action of the town, such as a moratorium on new development.

3. No other extension shall be granted without the approval of the mayor and town council.

E. Initiation of Grading and Improvements. Upon approval of the development plan, the developer may proceed with grading or other improvements in accordance with the approved development plan and approved plans for the grading or improvements.

F. Tentative Plat Submittal.

1. If a tentative plat is submitted as provided in STC 18.69.050(A) (subdivision standards), it may be acceptable in lieu of a development plan if it contains sufficient information to determine compliance with applicable regulations with respect to each individual lot or block which is required to submit a development plan.

2. Staff shall review submittals for completeness and reject or accept them within 10 working days and shall provide notice to the applicant. [Ord. 2018-131 § 1; Ord. 2015-098 § 1; Ord. 2011-056 § 2; Ord. 2011-048 § 1; Ord. 2009-29 § 1; Ord. 1995-06 § 2. Formerly 18.71.040]

18.71.040 Minor changes.

A. Changes or expansions to developments below the threshold for a substantial expansion but which impact compatibility, traffic circulation, parking, building height, density, or land use, as determined by the planning director, shall submit a site plan for review and approval per the procedure set forth for development plans in STC 18.71.030, and showing:

1. Parcel boundaries and dimensions;

2. Location and dimensions of all structures;

3. Points of ingress and egress;

4. Adjacent public rights-of-way;

5. Building setbacks;

6. Parking areas and calculations;

7. Proposed changes to the site design; and

8. Any other information as may be required by the planning director for a thorough review.

B. If the planning director determines that the threshold for site plan review is not met, proposed changes shall be submitted for administrative zoning clearance review using forms and checklists provided by the planning and zoning division. [Ord. 2018-131 § 1.]

18.71.050 Requirements and procedures for RVC zoning.

Repealed by Ord. 2015-105. [Ord. 2015-098 § 1; Ord. 2011-056 § 2; Ord. 2011-048 § 1; Ord. 1995-06 § 2. Formerly 18.71.060.]