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Development Review Process

The Development Review Process can take on many different forms depending upon the size and the scope of the project.

The planning department have several types of application process including:

  • Site Plan/ Subdivision Plan Review (SPR) - A site plan/subdivision plan review is for all new types of construction and land disturbing activities. The site plan/subdivision plan is required to show the overall scheme of development including all  proposed improvements and alterations to the existing site.
  • Plat (SP) - The Plat process is required for:
    • Any parcel of land which is divided into two or more parcels for the purpose of transferring ownership or conducting development,
    • Any development which creates a new public street,
    • The re-subdivision of property,
    • The aggregation of parcels.
  • Variance (BA) - A variance is the process by which an applicant can request deviation from the land development regulations.
  • Conditional Use (CU) - The conditional use process reviews certain uses based on site specifics and location. It is then reviewed to ensure the use can be adequately accommodated on the site. A set of conditions may be tied to the use to ensure that no adverse impacts are created to properties and land uses within the immediate vicinity.
  • Zoning Amendments (ZB) - Amendments to the Zoning of a parcel may be required in order to accommodate a particular use. The zonng amendment must be in conformance with the Future Land Use designation of the parcel and appropriate for the local area.
  • Comprehensive Plan/ Future Land Use (FLU)/ ULDR/ City Code (LPA) - Amendments may be made to these documents by the City. Members of the public may apply for amendments as well.

The Citys Development Review Guide is a quick reference tool which corresponds to the various components of the City’s development review process.

Site Plan Thresholds

There are different ways in which your property improvement impacts the land and surrounding community, and thus thresholds were created to determine the level of approval your project must receive prior to being built.

Subdivision/Site Plan Thresholds

A Minor Site Plan/Subdivision Plan would only require Development Review Committee (DRC) approval. These types of improvements include:
            - A single residential building
            - Any new impervious surface less than 1,000 square feet.
            - Any additional floor area less than 1,000 square feet.
            - Addition of any parking spaces
            - Additions including awnings, canopies or other ornamental structures, redesign of parking spaces, pools, drives or driveways, or modifications to stairs or elevations of decks, terraces and fencing and outside seating. 
            - Any utility improvements

A Major Site Plan/Subdivision Plan would require DRC and the City of Casselberry Planning and Zoning Commission Approval. These types of improvements include:
            - Any projects that do not qualify as a "Minor" or "Developments of Community Impact"

A Development of Community Impact would require DRC, P&Z and City Commission Approval. These types of improvements include: 
            - Any property that is 5 acres or greater or adding 75 or more dwelling units
            - Any additional floor area greater than 50,000 square feet (non residential)
            - Any property that has a Major Thoroughfare Mixed Use Future Land Use designation.

Still not sure what threshold your improvement would be classified as? Call Emily Hanna, Planner I at 407-262-7700 ext. 1106 or email her at

What to develop in the City of Casselberry?

Start by reviewing the Developers Help Guide

Then set up a Pre-Application meeting with Emily Hanna by calling 407-262-7700 ext. 1106 or email her (preference) at .

You will need to provide the address of the property you wish to develop, a parcel ID for the property (found at the Seminole County Property Appraiser's office) and a simple site plan showing the improvements you wish to make.

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