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 Development Services department.  

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

Below is a brief introduction to our process. 

Review Process and Procedure

The first step in a commercial project is a development review meeting with our Development Services Staff. After that meeting, the next step is to submit a Concept Plan package. Once the Concept Plan package is reviewed and approved, the applicant is allowed to submit civil construction plans and apply for a building permit.

Our Commercial Development 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 require a public hearing.  


If easements shift during construction, the Town allows for commercial plats to be filed before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (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 two  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 before 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 Planning Department leads the Development Review Committee (DRC), and is comprised of staff members that represent various review departments critical to the development review process. The primary function of the DRC is to provide the developer a stepped, clear, and 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 to ensure the project will comply with applicable land development regulations and consistency with Town plans and policies.  

Before submitting a formal development application, a meeting with the DRC is required to familiarize one with the 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 a.m. and 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