• Q4 Development Officials' Forum Recap

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    Earlier this month, the Development Officials’ Forum met over Zoom to discuss local issues, staffing shortages, permit numbers, and efficiencies gained. The jurisdictional updates are below:
     
    Pierce County
    • Inspectors are dispatching from home
    • 14-day review time
    • Revised their documents for Base Plans, limiting restrictions, on options (reach out to Jeff Rowe with questions)
    Bonney Lake
    • Only 84 SF permits YTD, no MF
    • New commercial buildings in East Town
    • Same staffing levels all year; people are fully working and working from home
    • Universal Base Plans are still being worked out
    Tacoma
    • All permits were extended to November 1st
    • Working from home for staff is efficient; inspectors are also dispatching from home
    • Timelines on permits: levels of service are being met; the City is working towards 2-week turnarounds
    • Down to 2-3 review
    • Understaffed; not hiring for new positions yet
    Lakewood
    • 6-8 week turnaround
    • Staffing: plans examiner retired right before COVID; have been understaffed ever since
    • City has relied on outside sources to keep up with flow
    • Advocating for MFTE legislation to be expanded
    • Considering a department re-organization
    • Combining GIS with the County’s
    Puyallup
    • 2-week turnaround times
    • Fully staffed; just hired a new permit tech.
    • Implementing CityView
    • Looking at all permitting timelines to determine areas of improvements
    • Updating inwards and outwards dashboards
    University Place
    • Jan-Aug: 600 building permits and over 2,000 inspections
    • Rolling out a new permit system via InterGov
    • Adopting a new form-based code (no density caps in regional base center)
    Gig Harbor
    • Lost a lot of staff; City has been slow to rehire
    • Seeing long turnarounds in SF
    • Staff is working from home; considering reorganization for inspections
    • Code-enforcement has quadrupled
    Edgewood
    • Running behind on workflow due to COVID; contracting with a third party
    • Currently seeing 6-8 week turnarounds
    • Went from 100% paper to 100% paperless during COVID
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