Our Development Process

As a business or developer, we understand that you’re on a tight schedule and need to complete your permitting as quickly and efficiently as possible. One of Forney’s greatest strengths for development is our streamlined process, giving us competitive advantage over other communities. Further, Forney EDC stands ready to assist your business through the process providing concierge service tailored to your timeline and development needs.  We are happy to help you through our eight-step development process to permitting.

Comments on plans are delivered within 10 business days of their submission, and depending on the size and scope of a development, the entire process of permit approval and issuance can be completed in as little as 90 days.
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City of Forney 8-Step Development Process

  1. Project Initiation – Contact the City of Forney Community Development office at  (972) 564-7384 and work with their staff.  You can also call Forney EDC and we can put you in touch with their office.

  2. Schedule or ask a Forney EDC representative to schedule a Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting for discussion of your project with key city personnel. Meetings are held every Tuesday morning.

  3. Submit your plans to the staff at the Community Development office.

  4. Receive comments back from Community Development within 10 business days of submission. 

  5. Update plans in preparation for a scheduled City Planning & Zoning Commission monthly meeting.

  6. Forward plans to City Council following Planning & Zoning signoff for approval at a council meeting (Monthly; first and third Tuesdays) 

  7. Begin construction and comply with inspections and address issues as they arise. Apply for Certificate of Occupancy when completed.

  8. Review of sign and approval by the Community Development Department.

Businesses leasing existing space must contact the Community Development office in order to receive proper permitting information and apply for a Certificate of Occupancy.  They can be reached at (972) 564-7384.

For downtown projects, the five-member Forney Architecture Review Board (ARB) approves development and property revitalization standards within the downtown overlay zone.  The City of Forney Community Development office oversees this process and can be contacted at (972) 564-7384.

Please reach out to the Forney EDC for any assistance you require throughout the development process. For additional details on Forney’s development process, click here.