Purpose. In order to address neighborhood concerns about the potential effects of proposed projects early in the design process and to reduce the number of discretionary review hearing requests filed a pre-application meeting shall be required for certain projects within the PDR-1-B (Light Industrial Buffer) District.
Applicability. Prior to filing an application for new construction, demolition, or removal of 5,000 square feet or more on any parcel zoned all or in part PDR-1-B, a project sponsor shall conduct a minimum of one pre-application meeting. The Planning Department shall not accept an application for such a project without information demonstrating that at least one pre-application meeting conforming to the requirements of this section has been held.
Requirements. In addition to the requirements set forth here, the Planning Department may establish additional reasonable procedures and requirements to administer this section. A pre-application meeting shall meet the following requirements:
Invitations. At least 14 calendar days before the pre-application meeting, the project sponsor shall invite by mail:
Relevant neighborhood associations for the neighborhood(s) in which the proposed project is located. If the proposed project is on the border of two or more neighborhoods, all neighborhood organizations for the bordering neighborhoods shall be invited. The Planning Department shall maintain a list of neighborhood associations for each neighborhood and provide that list to project sponsors; and
Property owners and occupants within a 300 foot radius of the proposed project site, including any occupants of the subject property.
Location. The Pre-Application Meeting shall be conducted at:
The project site;
An alternate location within a one-mile radius of the project site; or
The Planning Department.
Information. At the pre-application meeting(s), the project sponsor, or his or her designee, shall describe the proposed project, respond to questions to the best of the sponsor’s ability, and solicit comments from the attendees with the goal of addressing, to the extent feasible, neighborhood concerns regarding the proposed project prior to tiling an application with the Planning Department.