Development Review Process
Victoria is a thriving community that is growing by leaps and bounds. The city council and staff work hard to help developers bring their projects to life while balancing the current and future needs and goals of the community.
To help ensure development projects are reviewed in a timely and efficient manner, all proposals must follow the process described below.
Required Applications & Checklists
- Subdivision Checklist (PDF): All proposed residential subdivision developments of four or more lots are required to follow this prescribed process.
- Planned Unit Development (PUD) Checklist (PDF): Subdivisions proposed as Planned Unit Developments are required tofollow this prescribed process.
- Minor Subdivsion Checklist (PDF): lot splits creating three or fewer lots are required to follow this prescribed process.
Residential Development Process
Developers should schedule a meeting with community development staff to kick off any proposed development project. This is an opportunity to discuss the project, zoning and land use requirements, potential challenges and timelines.
During the pre-application meeting, staff will help determine if the developer should submit their application under straight zoning, or if it will require the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process. Both processes follow the same steps outlined below, but have slightly different requirements.
Sketch Plat (Concept Plan)
Once a developer has met the requirements outlined in the pre-application meeting, they can submit a Sketch Plat. A complete sketch plat application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the planning commission when the sketch plat will be heard. Once an application is officially accepted, city staff will do the following.
- Begin review of the application and provide comments as necessary.
- Schedule a neighborhood meeting to discuss the project prior to the planning commission meeting.
- Schedule the sketch plat to be heard by the planning commission, which includes a public informational meeting.
- Once heard by the planning commission, schedule the sketch plat to be heard by the city council.
Please note there is no approval or denial at this phase. The planning commission and city council can only provide feedback and guidance on the project. If a development chooses to go forward the next step is preliminary plat.
Preliminary Plat (Preliminary Development Plan)
Once a developer has completed the sketch plat process, they may submit a Preliminary Plat. Prior to submitting a preliminary plat application, a developer must do the following.
- Meet with community development and engineering staff to discuss the specifics of the project and application requirements.
- Review engineering standards.
- Submit wetland delineation paperwork, if applicable.
- Submit tree inventory, if applicable.
A complete preliminary plat application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the planning commission meeting when the preliminary plat will be heard. Once an application is officially accepted, city staff will do the following.
- Determine whether all challenges can be remedied within the 60-day review period. City staff can unilaterally extend application review an additional 60 days.
- Schedule the preliminary plat to be heard by the planning commission. The planning commission will hold a public hearing on the preliminary plat and make a recommendation to the city council for approval or denial and may include conditions.
- Once heard by the planning commission, schedule the preliminary plat to be heard by the city council.
If approved, the project can move forward to the final plat phase. If denied, the developer can make changes and resubmit the preliminary plat following the same procedures outlined above.
Final Plat (Final Development Plan)
Once the preliminary plat has been approved by the city council, the developer may submit a Final Plat. A complete final plat application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the city council or planning commission meeting when the final plat will be heard.
Straight zoning final plats only require approval by the city council, while PUD final plats must be heard by the planning commission before moving to the city council for final approval.
Prior to final plat approval, the developer must do the following.
- Submit complete construction documents (including required development agreement).
- Present a final plat that is consistent with the preliminary plat.
Approved final plats will be filed with Carver County. Upon denial, developers may make changes and resubmit the final plat following the same procedures above.
Minor Subdivision Process
Property owners proposing a minor subdivision or lot split should contact community development staff to review their project prior to filing a formal application.
Commercial Development Process
Commercial property developers should contact community development staff to review permitted and conditional uses and requirements for commercial development in the central business district.