Land Development Process


Below you will find a high level overview of the significant steps in planning process that are required for new site development and significant site redevelopment. Many of these processes may occur concurrently with one another to streamline the development process. View a summary of the Land Development Process(PDF, 621KB) flow chart.

If you have questions, please contact the Planning Hotline at 303-754-3308 for assistance. You may also get started by completing the pre-submittal application process.

The City of Centennial is developing changes to the Land Development Code to give people more opportunities to share their thoughts in the land development process. Check out the potential changes and intended outcomes of the public engagement and hearing process here

Land Development Code Process

  • Annexation* (if you are not located within the City)
  • Zoning/Rezoning* (Only required if you wish to change your existing zoning)
  • Site Plan* (may be administrative)
  • Platting/Subdivision (if necessary)
  • Site Civil Construction Drawings
  • Development and Building Permit
*Requires Public Hearing


Helpful Information for Planning & Zoning Presentations

Design & Construction Standards / Site Civil Construction Documents

The 2016 City of Centennial Roadway Design and Construction Standards (the Manual) is the primary standard for infrastructure design and used in conjunction with the 2018 Public Works Right-of-Way Regulations to dictate construction standards within the City.

The 2016 Roadway Design and Construction Standards was adopted by City Council and became effective on August 17, 2016. View the Manual.

If your project requires Site Civil Construction Documents (CDs), please find those instructions here.

Stormwater / Flood Awareness (SEMSWA)

Within the City of Centennial, the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) is the responsible agency that reviews and approves stormwater plans, grading and erosion control plans and is the City’s designated Floodplain Administrator.

SEMSWA reviews and approves various plans and reports for storm water compliance through the planning and development process. These plans and reports include but are not limited to: 

  • Land use cases
  • Construction documents
  • Drainage plans and reports
  • Grading, erosion and sediment control plans and reports
  • Floodplain development

SEMSWA is responsible for managing the City of Centennial's federally mandated MS-4 permit as well as enforcing the various drainage and storm water regulations and ensuring that the applicant is aware of them. For more information, visit SEMSWA or call 303-858-8844.

Flood Awareness

Flooding isn't only caused by rain. Flooding can also occur from melting snow, inadequate drainage systems and failed dams. What this means to you:

  • Every property is at risk for flooding. Properties located in a floodplain are high risk and are more susceptible to flooding. Flooding is the nation's number one natural disaster. 
  • Flooding can happen anywhere and at any time, including in areas along smaller creeks and streams that are not shown on any flood map. Even streets can flood.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not mapped all floodplain areas. 

Know Your Flood Risk

Contact the SEMSWA for flood map information.

If your property is in the floodplain, you need to know:

  • You should consider flood insurance; homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding.
  • Any improvements to your property within the floodplain require a floodplain development permit.  Contact SEMSWA for permitting information.

Public Improvement Agreement

Public Improvement Agreement

If public improvements are required as part of the land development process, the property owner and/or developer is required to enter into a Public Improvement Agreement with the City.


The Public Improvement Agreement identifies the public and private improvements required to be constructed, and provides assurances that the necessary Public Improvements will be constructed to the City’s established standards in a timely manner and subject to applicable warranty periods. Except as otherwise agreed by the City, all mortgagees are required to subordinate their liens and interest in the property to the covenants and the restrictions of the Public Improvement Agreement.


The Public Improvement Agreement may, if approved by the City, provide that the installation, construction, or reconstruction of Public Improvements be in phases. Any phase of development approved through the Public Improvement Agreement must be an integrated, self-contained project consisting of all Public Improvements necessary to serve the portion of property to be developed as part of such phase. The City may impose reasonable conditions on the phasing of development in order to preserve the integrity of the development or the public health, safety and welfare of the community and adjacent properties. 


The Public Improvement Agreement also requires the Developer to submit financial security for the required Public Improvements. Financial security shall be provided to the City prior to and as a condition of the issuance of a Development Permit.  

Templates, Checklists, and Forms

Below you will find a series of templates, checklists and forms that will are needed in order for a land development submittal to be complete. Please use the below documents while preparing your submittal, and please reach out to your development pre-submittal case planner or Community Development Staff if you have questions on which of the below documents apply to your project:

File Naming Convention

Naming Convention Applicant - Example(PDF, 299KB)

Title Block(PDF and AutoCAD templates)

Title Block(PDF, 60KB)

Title Block(BAK, 32KB)

Title Block(DWG, 32KB) 

Administrative Site Plan and Technical Amendment Site Plan (PDF and AutoCAD templates)

Administrative Technical Amendment Submittal Checklist(PDF, 129KB)

Administrative Technical Amendment Submittal Checklist (Word Doc)(DOCX, 193KB)

Administrative Technical Amendment(PDF, 927KB)

Administrative Technical Amendment(BAK, 266KB)

Administrative Technical Amendment(DWG, 267KB)

Site Plan Amendment (PDF and AutoCAD templates)

Site Plan Submittal Checklist(PDF, 206KB)

Site Plan Submittal Checklist (Word Doc)(DOCX, 62KB)

Standard Notes for Site Plan Amendment Submittal(DOCX, 19KB)

Site Plan (Director Approval, Planning and Zoning Commission Ratification):

Site Plan Amendment: Director Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan Amendment: Director Approval(BAK, 306KB)

Site Plan Amendment: Director Approval(DWG, 297KB)

Site Plan (Planning and Zoning Commission Approval, City Council Ratification):

Site Plan Amendment: P&Z Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan Amendment P&Z Approval(BAK, 330KB)

Site Plan Amendment: P&Z Approval(DWG, 335KB)

Site Plan (Planning and Zoning Commission Recommendation, City Council Approval):

Site Plan Amendment: City Council Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan Amendment: City Council Approval(BAK, 285KB)

Site Plan Amendment: City Council Approval(DWG, 285KB)

Site Plan (PDF and AutoCAD templates)

Site Plan Submittal Checklist(PDF, 220KB)

Site Plan Submittal Checklist (Word Doc)(DOCX, 61KB)

Standard Notes for Site Plan(DOCX, 19KB)

Site Plan (Director Approval, Planning and Zoning Commission Ratification):

Site Plan: Director Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan: Director Approval(BAK, 277KB)

Site Plan: Director Approval(DWG, 285KB)

Site Plan (Planning and Zoning Commission Approval, City Council Ratification):

Site Plan: P&Z Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan: P&Z Approval(BAK, 286KB)

Site Plan P&Z Approval(DWG, 286KB)

Site Plan (Planning and Zoning Commission Recommendation, City Council Approval):

Site Plan: City Council Approval(PDF, 1MB)

Site Plan: City Council Approval(BAK, 333KB)

Site Plan: City Council Approval(DWG, 289KB)

Final Plat (PDF and AutoCAD templates)

Plat Submittal Checklist(PDF, 209KB)

Plat Submittal Checklist (Word Doc)(DOCX, 300KB)

Final Plat(PDF, 700KB)

Final Plat(BAK, 236KB)

Final Plat(DWG, 236KB)

Standard Notes for Plats(DOCX, 20KB)

Rezoning Plan

Rezoning Plan Submittal Checklist(PDF, 192KB)

Rezoning Plan Submittal Checklist (Word Doc)(DOCX, 57KB)

Rezoning Plan(PDF, 322KB)

Rezoning Plan(BAK, 313KB)

Rezoning Plan(DWG, 340KB)

Planned Unit Development (PUD)

PUD Process and Application Requirements(PDF, 200KB)


Site Connected Load Table - Example(DOCX, 75KB)

Shared Parking Table - Example(XLSX, 11KB) 

Required Land Dedication Table - Example(XLSX, 20KB)

Plant Unit Calculator - Example(XLSX, 11KB)

Landscape Table - Example(DOCX, 17KB)

Development Standards Table - Example(XLSX, 12KB)

Development Permit Fee Estimation Calculator - Example(XLSX, 10KB)

Case Finalization Letter - Example(PDF, 302KB)


Letter of Authorization Template(PDF, 95KB)

Fire Lane Designation Form(PDF, 651KB)

Virtual Community Meeting Documents

Developer Instructions(DOCX, 14KB)