Every city has their own methods for handling development and the development process. As a result, the City of Rockwall strives to make the development process as simplistic and expedited as possible, while still providing a high level of customer service. Below is a short summary of the City's development process. Should you have any questions concerning development or the development process please contact Planning and Zoning Department staff at (972) 771-7745, email us at email@example.com, or use the Contact Us form on this website.
APPLICATIONS & FORMS
The following is a summary of the development process for the City of Rockwall.
A Pre-Application meeting is typical the starting point for all projects and is strongly recommended prior to submitting a development application. These meetings are held on Thursday mornings from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and require a written request to be submitted one (1) week prior to the meeting date. The Pre-Application Meeting Request form can be accessed above.
ZONING/SPECIFIC USE PERMIT
A requirement for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) or a change in zoning may be necessary to accommodate a proposed land use or development. It is recommended that an applicant consult with City staff to obtain any information concerning a zoning or SUP request. A zoning or SUP request typically takes about 45-days from the submission of an application to the final reading of an ordinance, but this timing can vary on a case-by-case basis.
MASTER PLAT/PRELIMINARY PLAT
The purpose of a master plat is to delineate the sequence and timing of a development within a proposed subdivision. Additionally, master plats determine compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the availability and capacity of public improvements needed to serve a development. A preliminary plat is intended to provide sufficient information to evaluate and review the general design of a development and to ensure compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code, Thoroughfare Plan, and the Subdivision Ordinance. Additionally, when a master plat is required, the preliminary plat must conform to the approved master plat. Master and preliminary plat requests typically take 30-days, and in some cases can be submitted simultaneously.
Generally, site plan approval is required for all new non‐residential, multi‐family developments, parking lots, expansions of an existing buildings' footprint and/or parking areas by more than 50%, and on some residential developments. Site plans will be reviewed for conformance with all zoning, subdivision and development regulations of the City and typically take 30-days for approval. Variances associated with site plans will take an additional week for approval.
Once a project has an approved site plan the project engineer may submit engineering plans to the Engineering Department. After the submission of engineering plans, the staff will prepare comments and relay these comments to the project engineer. Once all staff comments have been adequately addressed and plans have been revised to reflect these changes the plans will be released. Approval for the engineering process is dependent on how quickly a project engineer can address all comments, but is typically around 45-days for approval.
After the engineering plans have been approved, a final plat can be prepared and filed. The typical time for final plat approval is 30-days, but can vary depending on the applicant's surveyor. Staff is responsible for the filing of all plats with the County.
BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS
Building permits are required before commencing site construction. A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is issued to the business following the conclusion of your construction activities and must be issued before the facility is occupied.
DEVELOPMENT CASES FILES
In an effort to increase transparency, the Planning and Zoning Department has undertaken a project to scan and release all of its past and present development cases. These cases are available in PDF format via the following links which are broken down by decade.