Guidelines for Residential / Commercial / Industrial Development
The City of Southlake's Public Works Department is responsible for the review and release of all development projects after they have received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Public Works is also responsible for ensuring that every development meets technical requirements for roadways, grading, drainage, water, and sewer.
Developing Construction Plans and Required Documents
Construction plans and specifications must be prepared under the direct supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of Texas and must be sealed by the Engineer of Record. A completed Construction Plan Checklist is required with the initial submittal of civil construction plans for review and must be attached to the plan set. The Developer shall submit the following:
Once the construction plans are deemed approved, the Developer shall submit the following:
A Developer Agreement (Commercial / Residential Agreement), between the developing entity and the City is required for all developments. The Agreement outlines the requirements of the Developer regarding permits, fees, bonds, insurance, indemnification, etc.
The Developer Agreement is a standard agreement drafted by the City Attorney and approved by the City Council. Any changes to the standard language requires re-review by the City Attorney as well as approval by the City Council. If there are no changes to the standard agreement, and if it meets certain criteria, staff approval is allowed rather than City Council approval.
Criteria for staff approval:
1. Participation less than $25,000; and
2.No dedication of parkland; and
3.No waiver of fees or credits is requested.
In the event the standard language in the Developer Agreement is to be altered in any way, the Agreement will need approval by City Council. Adequate time must be allowed for the Agreement to be prepared, included on the City Council Meeting Agenda, and brought to City Council for approval. Generally, the process can take 3-4 weeks, depending on complexity and/or City Council meeting schedules.
The following items will be required to release construction plans and set up a pre-construction meeting:
- Executed Developer Agreement
- Public Improvements Cost Breakout
- Payment & Performance Bonds for Public Improvement
Prior to any construction taking place on the project site, a Pre-construction Conference must take place (Development Pre-Con Agenda). Attendees should include the Developer, the Engineer of Record, the General Contractor, and all sub-contractors that will be constructing public infrastructure.
Prior to scheduling a Pre-construction Conference, the City Project Manager must receive the following:
In a residential sub-division, at substantial completion, the City will release ten percent (10%) of the total lots to the Developer for construction.
In order for a project to be considered substantially complete, the following must be met:
All of the following are required for final acceptance of the project: