Concept Plans

What is a Concept Plan

Concept Plans are designed to expedite the development process, reduce costs for developers by working out site design issues prior to design of a project, assure compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, federal and state stormwater runoff and drainage regulations, and the City’s Drainage Design Manual. Concept Plans shall require approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Reference Article 17, "Concept Plans"(PDF, 2MB)  of the Unified Development Code.

Application Process

Step 1.Step 1. Schedule Pre-Application Meeting

A pre-application meeting is an informational meeting with city staff to help applicants prepare a development application for submission to the Planning Division and identify any significant issues the proposed project may encounter after submission.

The Planning Division will not accept an application without first having a pre-application meeting with the applicant.

City staff holds pre-application meetings via Microsoft Teams every Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Each meeting lasts 30 minutes.

Step 2.Step 2. Check the Development Schedule 

Development review follows the Development Calendar(PDF, 73KB). This calendar lists the application submission deadline and the Development Review Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council date for each development cycle. 

Step 3.Step 3. Apply

You must apply online for a Concept Plan through the Customer Self-Service portal. First-time users will need a valid email address to set up an account, which takes five minutes.

Questions? Call the Planning Division at 972-237-8255 or visit in person for help submitting your online application.

Step 4.What Happens Next?

The Development Review Committee will review the application submission and provide comments before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council consider the Concept Plan.

View the City of Grand Prairie Development Guide(PDF, 807KB) for more information.


Application Submittal Requirements:

  • Signed and notarized Agent Authorization form(PDF, 220KB)*
  • A metes and bounds description and survey (for unplatted properties)*
  • The plat or legal description (for platted properties)*
  • Project Narrative*
  • Current tax certificates showing no delinquent taxes*
  • Concept Plan
  • Application Fee (after verifying that the application submittal is complete, staff will send you an invoice for the application fee)

*Upload these documents during the online application process through the Customer Self-Service portal.

View the City of Grand Prairie Development Guide(PDF, 807KB) for more information.


The Fee Schedule in Article 22 of the Unified Development Code(PDF, 318KB) lists the Concept Plan fee.

You can also use the Customer Self-Service Fee Estimator tool to view fees.

Once you apply for the Concept Plan, the Planning staff will verify that your application is complete and send you an invoice for the application fee.