A site plan is a legally binding document that details the development plans for a particular site. Site plans include existing and proposed structures along with other man-made and natural features. With the exception of single family homes and duplexes, all development projects in Kalamazoo are required to undergo the site plan review and approval process. This ensures ensures that a proposed development, land use, or activity meets the standards of the zoning ordinance and any applicable state or federal statutes. Plans that meet these requirements must be approved. Site plans are reviewed by the Site Plan Review Committee, established in § 11.4 of the Zoning Ordinance.
A completed pdf Site Plan Review Application (432 KB) and either a Sketch Site Plan or Full Site Plan for the project must be submitted to the Community Planning and Development Department prior to obtaining building permits or beginning work. Sketch Site Plans are required for smaller building additions and change of use projects, and Full Site Plans are required for larger additions and new buildings. The Site Plan Review Committee reviews submissions over a two-week period, which is then followed by a meeting of the Committee with the applicant. Once the site plan is approved, applicants can submit building plans and apply for building permits for their project.
Additional information, checklists, and forms are available in the pdf Site Plan Review Packet (432 KB) . For questions about the site plan review process please contact the Planning Division at (269) 337-8044.