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TRPA Aims to Reduce Building Permit Review Time

LINK TO VIDEO FILEhttp://imedia.unr.edu/Tahoe/108_trpa_building_fees.asx (01:30)
TitleTRPA Aims to Reduce Building Permit Review Time
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at http://www.tahoe.unr.edu/resources/Segment108.pdf
Date Original2005-03-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report #108 - "Permit Fees" (Air Date: March 15, 2005). Julie Regan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discusses how increasing fees for building permits will shorten the permit process and implement technology to bring the process online.
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif and Nev)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (http://www.lteec.org)
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, http://www.lteec.org or 775-832-4138.
Formatvideo/wmv
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Languageeng
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 108: Permit Fees Air Date: 3/15/05 Suggested Tease (none on tape) "With building costs skyrocketing, the cost of building at Lake Tahoe is going up even more. Shelly Purdy explains why the TRPA is raising their permit fees coming up in the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: As of March first, the cost of filing some types of building permits with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is almost double what it was before. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, shelly Purdy takes a look at the fee increase and how it's supposed to help improve customer service. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) Depending on what type of building permit you're applying for, it can take as long as 120 days to get that permit through the TRPA today. ((sot @ 18:39, Julie Regan, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "People want a faster process. People are tired of the lengthy duration of time it takes to get through our agency, the TRPA." ((track 2)) With such a short building season at Lake Tahoe, getting through the permitting process quickly can mean money saved in building and construction costs. The TRPA recognizes the need for faster service, so they're increasing fees to raise money to pay for more personnel and outsourcing opportunities. Their goal is to shorten the permit process in half from 120 days to just 60. The agency also has plans to improve their technology. ((sot @ 20:42)) "Right now our files are still manual. We have big unwieldly CAD drawings that are in files that are on shelves in a warehouse or in our office. What we need to do is have those all scanned so they're electronic. Somebody could file their application online, or they could access what's the status of my project online. Today, with our system that's not possible." ((track 3)) The TRPA employs 10 planners who review 15-1600 permit applications every year. Their hope is by having more money available to hire additional personnel, the agency will be able to provide better, faster service. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: The TRPA governing board approved the fee increase with conditions. The agency must show an improvement in service within 6 months or the fee increase will sunset.

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