Once the applicant has completed Early Assistance and creates their planning case in the Permitting and Licensing System, the next step is Concept Review. Concept Review, while still high level, is a more detailed discussion of the project than Early Assistance. The applicant should have additional details available, such as their basic site plan as well as the vision for the project to discuss with the planning team. Submitted information should also include planned vehicular and pedestrian access and number of units (if applicable).
Concept Review will help the applicant identify ways they can improve their design to best integrate with the surrounding neighborhood and avoid potential roadblocks further in the planning process. Suggested staff improvements could include recommendations for the orientation of the building, ensuring site has access to support existing traffic patterns, or suggestions for integrating the property with public spaces surrounding the site.