• By Albert Depew

Major Project Review

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What is Major Project Review?

Major Project Review (MPR) is a "one stop" review process established primarily for applicants wishing to develop multi-family residential, commercial, and industrial projects in Carson City.

The purpose of the MPR is to provide a preliminary comprehensive review of development plans and to eliminate the need for an applicant to individually contact City departments and other agencies to obtain information relevant to the approval of their project. This review process allows an applicant, with some time and effort on their part, to ascertain what will be required to gain approval of their project during the City's permit approval process. It also solicits most requirements and recommendations of the various City departments in a coordinated and comprehensive fashion.

What types of projects qualify for Major Project Review?

  • Multi-family residential projects (3 or more units)
  • New commercial projects or major remodels
  • New industrial development or major remodels
  • Mobile Home Parks (mandatory)
  • R.V. Parks (mandatory)

What benefits do applicants receive from a Major Project Review?

Applicants can save time and money as a result of the MPR process. City staff will address most municipal code requirements that may affect their project design. Errors or omissions on development plans can be corrected early in the review process and eliminate costly revisions to final engineering plans. The need for special studies, such as flood or traffic, can be identified, thus allowing for their completion before submittal of the final development plans. Ultimately, the information gained from the MPR process will help applicants facilitate the timely processing of their projects and help to prevent unnecessary delays during the permit plan check process.

How long does the MPR process take?

The MPR meeting is scheduled two weeks from the date of the MPR application submittal deadline, which is twice per month. The MPR meeting is normally held on a Tuesday at the Planning Division. 

Who reviews MPR applications?

Once the application is submitted, it is checked for completeness, a file number is issued and the project is distributed to all pertinent City departments for review and comment.

These departments include*: 

  • Carson City Public Works 
    • Building
    • Engineering 
    • Planning 
    • Streets 
    • Water 
    • Wastewater 
    • Drainage and Floodplain Management 
  • Fire Department 
  • Sheriff's Office 
  • Health 
  • Regional Transportation Commission

*Some MPR applications may also require review by other City Departments or other agencies as deemed appropriate.

What happens at the MPR meeting?

Staff members from each of the applicable City departments (and outside agencies) will be in attendance at MPR. During the meeting staff will identify design concerns, offer design alternatives, if applicable, and identify deficiencies in City code compliance. Applicants can also utilize this time to ask staff questions relevant to their projects.

A letter, which includes the Planning Division’s comments, will be sent to you within seven days of the MPR meeting. This letter will include recommendations and information relevant to your project. Other departments and agencies present may also provide written comments and requirements.

What happens after the MPR meeting?

Once you have addressed the issues raised by staff in the MPR, you may submit your modified plans to the Building Division for permit review and approval unless other review processes are required by city code. Should your building plans be submitted later than 120 days after your MPR, please check with the applicable City departments for any revisions in the Municipal Code affecting your project. 


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