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Step 1: Your Pre-Application

The purpose of pre-application meetings is for the applicant and City staff to discuss conceptual development plans, potential impacts of the proposed development, identify development application requirements, and ensure the Applicant is familiar with Arvada Land Development Code (LDC) requirements. There is no fee associated with this meeting.

Meetings are held Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11am and are scheduled for one hour on a first come, first served basis. Meetings can be held in-person at City Hall or virtually using the Zoom platform.

Once your pre-application meeting request has been accepted, you will be contacted by email within one business day to schedule your meeting date and time. A designated City planner will be assigned to your project to serve as your point of contact as you proceed through the development review process.

Your Pre-application Meeting Request

 Tip: Complete designed or engineered plans are not necessary, but providing more detailed information with your pre-application submittal will allow us to provide more specific feedback during the meeting.

Meetings must be requested through ArvadaPermits.org (aka eTRAKiT). A public user account is required in order to submit the request. If you need help setting up an account, review the instructions at this link.

The request form will ask for information including the current zoning of the property and the acreage of the property. This information can be found using the City's ​Address and Property Search tool. As part of the form, you will need to attach PDFs including:

  • A conceptual plan of your project.

  • A detailed description of your project and any specific questions to be addressed during the pre-application meeting.

A meeting request will not be processed if it doesn't include this information.

At the Pre-Application Meeting

You will be asked to provide a brief overview of the proposal after which City staff will provide feedback and requirements for development. City staff at the meeting may include building plan reviewers, development engineers, traffic engineers, landscape architects, and City planners. Members of the Arvada Fire Protection District may also attend the meeting.

The City planner will end the meeting with a discussion about what applications would be needed and an overview of the public hearing process, if a public hearing is required.

After the Meeting

Staff notes from the meeting and a checklist of application requirements will be available on the Friday following the meeting. The person who submitted the meeting request will receive an email from eTRAKiT indicating that those items can be viewed at the meeting link on ArvadaPermits.org. Meeting notes are public and can be found under the attachments portion of the meeting page.

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