Before the request is accepted for processing, a preliminary review is performed by staff to make sure all the necessary information and fees have been submitted. Applicants should allow approximately two (2) weeks for the preliminary review. Once accepted as complete, the processing time for a request to amend the estray ordinance varies. A straightforward, noncontroversial request, not requiring an environmental document, could be heard before the Board in six (6) to eight (8) weeks. A request requiring a Negative Declaration could be brought before the Board in four (4) to five (5) months. Should a request necessitate an Environmental Impact Report, the applicant should allow twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months for processing.