Developers now have one-stop access to building review information
GREENSBORO, NC – December 9, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Greensboro residents and contractors have a new business ally with the formation of the City’s Development Services Center, at 300 W. Washington St. Celebrating its grand opening January 3, the office makes the building permit and planning process more efficient by offering customers’ convenient access to City representatives and technology involved in reviewing submissions.
According to City Manager Rashad Young, Development Services is the result of the City’s strategic effort to provide enhanced support for its residents and contractors and to spur economic development. “Development Services makes it easier to do business with the City, whether you’re putting in a driveway at your home or constructing an apartment building. Now, every department that could conceivably have input into a permit or building plan is in one centrally located office. We believe that the City’s clients will find this one-stop service a more efficient way of doing business with us, and we believe it will aid them in further developing their business in Greensboro.”
Formed out of the City’s inspections division, Development Services offers an all-in-one location that houses representatives from planning, engineering and inspections, transportation, water resources, soil erosion, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire prevention. Young says the new office allows the City’s technical review committee to meet on a daily basis, rather than weekly, and new technology allows for the electronic dissemination and review of building sites and plans. “Previously, developers had to submit plans and meet with the review staff during once-weekly technical review committee meetings. Now, developers can walk-in with or without plans, talk to the folks involved in the review process, ask questions and obtain up-to-date site information, all in the same location.”
The office space for Development Services was created as part of a just-completed initial renovation of the upper ground (UG) level of the Melvin Municipal Office Building and can be accessed via the redefined main entrance to the building, which faces Washington Street. Designated parking is available in the City/County lot adjacent to the entrance.
For more information about Development Services call 336-373-2155.
The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of 2,800 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 336-373-CITY (2489).