Land Development

Land Development Services & Process

Land development services involve zoning, land use, infrastructure, construction safety, and service delivery to developed parcels of land with the Town of Mooresville and the Extra Territorial Zoning Jurisdiction.

The land development process is the method by which a parcel or parcels of land are taken from an idea to reality. The process is outlined in the Administrative Manual. Applications will be invited to a preapplication meeting before proceeding through Sketch Plan, Concept Plan, and finally Site Plan review. Each plan submitted builds on the previously reviewed and approved plan. Checklists for each plan are included below:

Land Development Process

There are five distinct review steps in this process. Applications may be made online at


The Pre-Application Meeting provides the applicant and staff an opportunity to introduce the project, review area maps of utilities and other important factors, and discuss any additional permits that may be required. A plan is not required for a Pre-Application Meeting. Basic information to guide the plan submittal and review process may be provided to the applicant during this meeting, such as the Basic Plan Elements – Checklist.

Sketch Plan

Very basic plans are drawn up to show size and orientation of commercial building or street layout of subdivision. At this step, we meet with the developer and his engineer to discuss things such as utilities, stormwater, watershed compliance and potential traffic impacts. If the traffic impacts are great enough, we initiate the Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) Procedure where we work with the developer, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and a town consultant to identify any road improvements that might be necessary due to the increased traffic caused by the project.

Sketch Plan Checklist

Concept Plan

These plans show greater detail than the sketch plan, with utilities and stormwater facilities generally shown. For projects that require a rezoning, the concept plan must be approved by staff and included as a condition to the rezoning. The concept plan may not be approved until the TIA has been completed, and all improvements agreed upon by the town and NCDOT.

Concept Plan Checklist

Construction Drawings

Once the concept plan is approved and any necessary rezonings completed, the developer and his engineer may submit construction plans for review. The town maintains land development standards that define a level of quality for items such as new roads, sidewalks, waterlines, sewers, and stormwater facilities. If off-site roadway improvements were identified through a TIA, these must also be submitted to the town and NCDOT for review and approval. Water and sewer permits are issued at this point as well. Any new public infrastructure must adhere to these standards in order for approval.

Site Plan Checklist


Approval of construction plans allows for the developer’s contractor to obtain appropriate building permits through Iredell County and begin construction. The town’s inspectors observe construction of projects to verify compliance with approved plans and land development standards. Once construction is completed to the town’s satisfaction, we release any and all town holds on the county building permits. Commercial facilities may open at this point, and in the case of a new subdivision, lots may be built on.