Less time will pass before a developer gets permits to develop in a Coastal Overlay Zone. Plans submitted to the city will undergo a streamlined approval process, the city council decided on MOnday, September 23rd.
Both coastal development permits and site development permits can be settled in one and a half to two and a half months less time. At a cost savings at 5,000 dollars and higher.
Streamlining will take effect when the California Coastal Commission certifies the council's decision that amends the local coastal program. Legal changes the Public Workd Department turned in to the Budget COmmittee after the committe's November 2011 request put together changes to the program and the local municipal code.
The councilmembers decided to make the necessary changes.
Old processes were consolidated into single processes. There are two new streamlined processes, CIP Two and CIP Five. The choice depends on the opinion asked for. One process can secure an approval after a 10 day review of a permit application and map by official city management. The other process does not necessarily end after a single review. City councilmembers hold a public hearing to take in public opinion and then make a decision on approval, a final one or a conditional one. Council decisions may be appealed.
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