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Arlington Development Process
Arlington has created a process that ensures quality development in our Town, with an emphasis on strong design standards. Looking around town, you can see examples of this in our new development, particularly those sites built in the last 6-7 years. Staff is available to answer questions, and communicate with developers and their design professionals throughout the development process.
First priority when locating a new business in a town is finding the right location, ensuring your use is authorized, and determining what standards to expect. The current Zoning map, Future Land Use plan and development standards can all be found in the Publications section of the Town's website (e.g. Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Design Standards Manual). Once you determine the Zoning Designation of a property, the table of allowable uses (Chapter 4.8) can be used to provide additional information on the particular uses permitted on that site. As always, if you have any questions about a use or zoning designation, please call Town Hall to confirm (901-867-3449).
Pre-Application Meeting with Development Staff
It is highly recommended that a developer's design professionals meet with Staff to discuss or identify any items or importance that may impact the layout of a site or other considerations. The design team can present conceptual drawings to staff at one of the scheduled pre-application meetings. Pre-application meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, and are to be scheduled approximately one week in advance. To schedule, please contact the Planning Department at 901-867-3449.
The Planning Commission reviews all subdivision and site plan requests, as well as rezoning and Planned Developments. They ensure that new development meets the standards set forth in the development standards and results in a product that will enhance the quality of our community. Application forms are available on the Town website. These forms outline the required documentation that is to be provided.
The Planning Commission meets once per month, generally on the third Monday at 6:30 pm. Applications are due roughly45 days prior to the meeting. The meeting and application deadline schedule is available above.
Design Review Committee
Quality design sets the visual standard for development in Arlington. The Design Review Committee reviews the architectural details of the exterior of each new building, along with lighting, landscaping, signage, and any exterior amenities. The Design Standards Manual provides an outline for the type of development that is expected, and includes the Depot Square Design Guidelines specific to our Depot Square area of Town.
Application forms are available on the Town website, which outline the required documentation that is to be provided.
The Design Review Committee meets once per month, generally on the second Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Applications are due roughly 35 days prior to the meeting. The meeting and application deadline schedule is available above.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Any development requiring public improvements is reviewed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen so that a development agreement (development contract) may be entered into between the Town and the developer. The contract sets the expectations for construction and completion, as well as a bond amount for construction. The Board generally meets the first Monday of each month.
Building Codes and Permits
Shelby County Code Enforcement provides the building codes and inspection services for the Town of Arlington. Once a development has received approvals from the Town of Arlington and all revised plans submitted, fees received, bond posted, etc., a building permit may be issued in accordance with the applicable building codes.
All questions regarding building codes should be directed to that agency (Shelby Co Code Enfocement: 901-222-8300).
Arlington Development Review Process - Flow Chart:
The following applications are required for submittal to the appropriate Board or Committee. Applications include Site Plan; Design, Engineering, and Final Plats; General and Master Development Plans; Rezoning, Land Disturbance, and Minor Plats; and sign approval:
In addition to standard development permits, Arlington also requires permits for the following: Business Tax License, Door-to-Door Solicitors, Fence Permits, Permanent Sign Permits, and Temporary Sign Permits.