Group Development

Group development is a land development that is developed with two or more principal buildings on the same tract of land that are to be occupied by separate families, firms or other enterprises. Typical examples may include apartment complexes, shopping centers and similar multi-building sites.

A development project where land is legally divided into separate buildable lots utilizes the Subdivision process. And a project where a principal building is proposed for an individual lot utilizes the Site Plan process for approval.


Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Approval of a group development plan by the Technical Review Committee (TRC)


  1. The applicant submits an application, plans, supplemental documents and fees.
  2. Projects are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the process.
  3. Plans are reviewed by an interdepartmental team with expertise in planning, transportation, utilities, stormwater, land-disturbance and other environmental areas. This review is in accordance with adopted Regulations and Policies.
  4. Marked plans and comments are returned to the applicant.
  5. The applicant addresses any unresolved issues and re-submits for review.
  6. When all issues are resolved, the approved plan with any conditions of approval is endorsed by the Planning and Development Department.

Submittal Requirements

  1. Completed Land Development Application (PDF) submitted to the Development Services Center or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA).
  2. Plan review fees
  3. Group development plan and related component plans (erosion control plan, watershed development plan, and landscape plan) prepared in accordance with the plan standards in the Standards and Practices for Development (PDF)
  4. If public water or sewer lines are being constructed to serve the project, a Street and Utility Plan must be submitted for review and concurrent approval with the site plan.
  5. If a common signage plan is required, it may be submitted for review and approval.
  6. Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) must be submitted when required by City policy.

Additional Information

  • When the group development plan is approved, along with a component erosion control plan, the Engineering Services Department will issue a land-disturbance permit, if required.
  • City driveway approval is provided with group development plan approval; however, a separate NC DOT driveway permit is required if access is to state-maintained roads.
  • If required, a Common Signage Plan must be reviewed and approved prior to sign permit issuance.
  • If architectural design review is required by the zoning district, a submittal for Design Review must be approved prior to construction permit issuance.
  • Approval of a group development plan entitles the applicant to apply for or obtain construction permits.

​Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies. 
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted.
  • Approximately 10 business days from submittal of a complete application the applicant will receive review comments on the initial submittal.
  • Complete application processing time is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to resolve any initial review issues and submit a revision for approval by the Technical Review Committee (TRC).


  • Plan review fees are due at time of submittal
  • Group development plan review fee includes watershed and landscape reviews, if applicable
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check