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Department of Permitting Services to Host Second Public Forum
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Department of Permitting Services to Host Second Public Forum

The following information was sent to us by Karen Falcon:

 

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) will host, in cooperation with multiple agencies involved in the development review process, the second of two public forums on the topic of streamlining the development process in the County.  The forum will be held on Friday, March 9, in the Executive Office Building, Lobby Level Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville.  The time has changed and the forum will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

            The public and those who use the services of agencies involved with real estate development are invited to attend the forum to provide comments on their experiences with these public services. The County is seeking input from stakeholders on where plans, permit reviews and inspections can be consolidated; redundant reviews minimized; and inconsistencies eliminated.  Staff from multiple agencies will receive the comments, observations and recommendations about experiences with development approvals in getting a project from idea to occupancy.  The information received at the forums will be used by work groups to investigate expressed problems and recommend solutions.

County Executive Isiah Leggett recently announced the new cross-agency effort that will streamline County government operations by making meaningful changes to the development application process.  An initial step consolidates construction inspections currently being done by the Department of Permitting Services and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.  Additionally, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will change its process for review of DPS-issued building permits as it pertains to forest conservation plans.  These plans are required, and must be adhered to, but building permit review will proceed on a parallel track.

A dedicated website has been created to receive comments and information on streamlining the development approval process.  Go towww.montgomerycountymd.gov/permittingservices and click on Streamlining Development.  Individuals can also register for one of the public forums at this website.

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