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Development Review


The purpose of the Design Review Team is to review any changes which may affect the visual quality and functionality of City property, including interior and exteriors of buildings, streets and sidewalks, parking lots, parks, playgrounds and open spaces.

 On March 15, 2017 the City of Lakeland has adopted the mandatory usage of eTRAKiT and ePlan (Project Dox) for application and plan submittals. Paper plans will not be accepted and will be rejected. You will be referred to submitting online. To avoid any delays, please familiarize yourself or your agent with our online submittal system. Information on how to apply for a Concept Review can be found here: Concept Review Guide

The Development Review Team (DRT) is comprised of representatives from reviewing departments including Community Development, Public Works, Water Utilities, Fire, Lakeland Electric, Telecommunications, and Parks and Recreation.  

Development Reviews include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Consistency with the Comprehensive Plan
  • Compliance with Zoning Requirements
  • Compatibility with Adjacent and Nearby Land Uses
  • Availability of Adequate Infrastructure, i.e. streets, water, wastewater, electricity, etc.
  • Vehicle and Pedestrian Access and Circulation
  • Parking
  • Landscaping and Irrigation
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Environmental Impacts, i.e. lakes, stormwater management, etc.
  • Accessibility and ADA Compliance

The DRT generally meets twice per month.  Click here to review the DRT Meeting Schedule.

Listed below are the DRT Agenda's for the current calendar year:


Site Plan Review

All site plan projects are being processed electronically by the City of Lakeland. Please follow the same steps to apply for Site Plan Review as you would Concept Review. 

Note: In the event an applicant decides to withdraw their application after it has been submitted, the City of Lakeland will assess the refund amount based on the value of the service rendered.

The following is a brief outline of the requirements for submittal and approval of Site Plans for the development of apartments, warehouses, churches, retail centers, offices and other commercial type uses. The reader is advised to review the City of Lakeland Land Development Code for full technical specification, regulations and zoning requirements which shall be addressed in the Site Plan approval process. For additional information pertaining to each to site plan requirements, please refer to the Site Plan Regulations.

Substantial public responsibility is created by each new development, involving the maintenance of streets and drainage facilities, and the provision of additional public services. As the general welfare, health, safety, and convenience of the community are thereby directly affected by the development of land, it is in the direct interest of the public that site development be conceived, designed, and developed in accordance with minimum standards of the Land Development Code and in accordance with sound engineering practices. It is advisable that the applicant, his engineer and architect meet with the Development Review Team (DRT) to discuss the proposed development prior to submitting a formal application. An approved site plan is required prior to the issuance of any building permits. It shall be considered unlawful for any person to construct, erect, or alter a building or structure or to develop, change, or improve land for which a site plan is required except in accordance with an approved site plan. Upon site plan approval and issuance of a building permit, the development shall be built in accordance with the approved site plan and site plan regulations.