Development Services Overview

Little Ceasars

Developing in Little Elm

We invite you into our community that prides itself as The Town With A Lake Attitude. We genuinely hope you enjoy your experience, and that begins with outstanding customer service from our department.  

We have implemented many internal policies that stream-line the development process, provide predictability, and ensure timely completion of construction.

Below is a brief introduction to our process. 

Review Process & Procedure

Staff is the final approval authority for most new development. If State law or local ordinance does not require a public hearing, your project will not endure one.  The first step in a commercial project, after a development review meeting (see Development Review Committee section below) has been conducted with staff, is to submit a Planning Site Plan package, which consists of a planning site plan, landscape plan, and color elevations.  Once the Site Plan package is reviewed and approved, the applicant is allowed to submit civil construction plans and apply for a building permit.


In the event easements shift during construction, the Town allows for commercial plats to be filed prior to issuance of a CO instead of issuance of a building permit. Once finalized, the Town will file the plat for the applicant. To file, the Town will need a minimum of 2 paper (bond) copies, plus however many you and your client need, original stamped and sealed tax certificates, and a $200 filing fee payable to the Town. 

The Town is the last to sign the plat, so please ensure that all signatures are collected prior to delivery to the Planning Department. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Planning at 214-975-0472.

 Development Review Committee

The Development Review Committee (DRC) is led by the Planning Department and comprised of staff members that represent various review departments critical to the development review process.  Its primary function is to provide the developer a stepped, linear process from the initial planning phase all the way to final construction of new development.  Its secondary function is to provide initial feedback to proposed development plans in order to ensure the project will be in compliance with applicable land development regulations and consistency with Town plans and policies.  

Prior to submitting a formal development application, a meeting with the DRC is required in order to familiarize one with relevant Town staff, codes, and procedures.  Additionally, if needed, the DRC is available at any time during the development process should challenges arise with your project. 

DRC meetings are held every Wednesday between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. They are scheduled for one hour time slots.  To schedule a DRC meeting, please contact the Development Services Coordinator at (214) 618-2715. 


Skye Thibodeaux - Planning Manager
Wesley Brandon, P.E. - Town Engineer
Kevin Robinson - Building Official
Valeni Bloemker - Chief Plans Examiner 

Chris Hoelscher - Fire Prevention Specialist
Salena Tittle - Planner
Britain Seright - Development Services Coordinator