Development Processes and Procedures

I've Submitted a Development Application, What's Next?

From variances to subdivisions, development requests follow different processes. The below guides provide an overview of the steps involved in a development request. 

Agricultural Subdivision

Conditional Use Permit

Erosion Control Plan

Major Subdivision

Minor Subdivision

Residential Parcel Subdivision


Text Amendment


Zoning Permit

Flow Chart of All Development Review Procedures

What type of application should I submit?

To determine what type of application to submit, you may contact the Planning and Development Department and consult the Story County Land Development Regulations. A conceptual review meeting is required before most applications can be made and is a good starting point.

A conceptual review is an informal meeting with County Departments to review preliminary plans. Comments on standards and any issues are provided for an applicant to consider before making a formal submittal. Professional plans are not required for conceptual review. 

The meetings occur each Thursday, beginning at 9:30 AM, and are held via Zoom. Applications are due Thursdays by noon the week prior to the meeting. Applications for Conceptual Review can be submitted online at under development projects. There is no fee.