Recap: Infrastructure and Land Use Member Meeting - Department of Permitting Services - June 10, 2014

Posted Date: 
June 11, 2014

June, 2014 Recap:

Guest Speaker: Diane Schwartz Jones, Director, Department of Permitting Services                     

Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Gus Bauman, welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speaker Diane Schwartz Jones, Director, Department of Permitting Services. She discussed e-permitting, e-plans, and streamlining.

Diane Schwartz Jones believes that Montgomery County is competitive and successful within the state of Maryland and the Region. Of course, there is room for improvement and the Department of Permitting Services is continuously striving to improve its processes. 

In order to improve DPS service delivery the department is focused on advancing e-permit and e-plan procedures. More than 50% of electrical permits are now received online. Online applications for residential new construction permits, deck permits, right-of-way permits, and commercial addition permits are available. DPS will continue to move toward electronic options to improve the delivery time of permits.

Ms. Jones discussed new accountability improvements and streamlining efforts at DPS. New accountability improvements include a new division of zoning and site plan enforcement, automation fee rollback from 10% to 5%, developed new headline performance measures, and the development of a new fee payment office. Streamlining efforts include a revised DRC process, signature delegation, plats notes, coordination with MNCPPC, checklist developments, metrics, and performance reports.  Goals for the future include a comprehensive fee review, time improvements, quality control, improved outreach to sectors, and online training modules.

She stated that her door is always open and that she welcomes questions, input and feedback.

View Ms. Jones’ full powerpoint presentation for more details on accomplishments, improvements and goals.

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Following Ms. Jones’ presentation, The MCCC Infrastructure and Land Use Committee discussed the interviews with the applicants for Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board. The committee decided to forward their recommendations to the Executive Committee.

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