Plan Review

Instructions for Plan Review and Permit Agreements

To insure that the levee system retains its integrity, the Levee District requires that any proposed construction near or within the “critical area” of the levee or within the District’s right of ways be reviewed and approved before construction begins.

If you have a project that involves excavation within 1,000 feet of the levee, you must contact our District Engineer to determine if your project is within the “critical zone.” The District Engineer has at his disposal mapping that shows the extents of the critical area. If it is determined that your project is within the “critical area,” then you must submit detailed plans and specification for review. If you have a project that is within 500 feet of the levee toe, you must submit detailed plans and specifications for review.

The detail and content of the drawings, specifications and calculations submitted for review will depend on the nature of the proposed project. The Levee District is primarily concerned how the proposed project will impact the levee protective works.

The information submitted should include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Plans, specifications and design calculations shall be signed and sealed by a professional engineer licensed in Missouri.
  • All drawings should be of identical size and should incorporate a standard border. The project name, owner’s address & phone number, and the engineer/architect’s name and phone number should be included in the border.
  • A Location Map showing the position of the project with respect to the levee and features of North Kansas City.
  • A Location Map showing the position of the project with respect to the levee and features of North Kansas City.
  • Bound specifications for excavation, backfill and compaction and utilities.
  • If appurtenances are placed within the “critical area” of the levee, uplift and underseepage analysis calculations must be submitted.
  • A proposed schedule of construction.


The list above should serve as a guide. If you have questions regarding how much or what type of information needs to be submitted, please contact the District Engineer.

Guidance for accepted construction methods is provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and can be obtain at the following internet web address: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Missions/EngineeringDivision/GeotechnicalBranch/
GeotechnicalDesignandDamSafety.aspx
 
Plans and specifications should not simply reference the web site as a means of specification.

When submitting plans and specifications for review, send a transmittal letter requesting review of the proposed project and electronic copies of the final project documents which includes plans, specifications, and calculations to the District Engineer.  If hard copies are submitted, four (4) sets of plans, four (4) sets of specifications and four (4) sets of calculations shall be given to the District Engineer. The District Engineer will forward copies to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review. After the Corps of Engineers completes its review, it will contact the Levee District with any recommended changes to the proposed project. The Secretary will inform the individual who made the submittal what changes are required. The Corps of Engineers or the Levee District may require that the project be resubmitted after the changes have been made.

* * * Allow four to six weeks for the review process. * * *

Approval of all projects must come in writing from the Board of Supervisors. Neither the District Engineer nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can officially approve a project.