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Streamlining the Development Review Process

The development approval process involves the steps a landowner or developer must take to get a building project approved by the various City departments. This approval is required before any construction can take place, and ensures new construction and renovations adhere to the wishes and needs of our residents. It is important the process be as efficient and understandable as possible. The City employed Matrix Consulting Firm to provide a third-party evaluation of our efficiency with development application reviews. This is one way the City holds itself accountable for the level of service and efficiency we provide. Matrix reviewed the City’s internal procedures in planning, engineering, and building departments to identify weaknesses and strengths, and offer solutions for improving the process. This review was completed in December 2011. View the final report.