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Bob Kellar: One stop, less stress at new city Permit Center

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Posted: March 5, 2010 11:01 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita works hard to continue a high quality of life for residents and foster a healthy economic climate for businesses.

An example of this commitment is the city’s 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, adopted in April, 2009 by the Santa Clarita City Council to help businesses and residents through these tough financial times.

One of the latest features of this groundbreaking plan is the city’s new Permit Center, which provides one convenient location for community members and local businesses to jump-start their building process.

Understanding that time is valuable, the city established the Permit Center on the first floor to help streamline the permit process by bringing together various divisions within the city in one easy-to-access location at City Hall.

Traditionally, those submitting plans to City Hall needed to visit several city departments on different floors. The new Permit Center features a centralized location for City Planning, Building & Safety and Traffic and Development staff to assist customers by saving time and dramatically improving communication between city departments.

The city’s new Permit Center also features representatives from the Los Angeles County Fire Department who can assist in approving plans directly from City Hall. This new aspect greatly increases convenience in the permit process by eliminating the previously required trip to downtown Los Angeles for Los Angeles County approval on plans.

The benefits of the new Permit Center can be realized by virtually anyone in the city who needs to start their building process.

Time is money for local small businesses with limited employees and resources.

The new Permit Center greatly reduces the time spent in the permit approval process, allowing local small businesses to get started on completing their plans in a simple, step-saving time and, as a result, important aspects vital to helping a company thrive.

Local families can also realize the added benefits of the new Permit Center.

Home improvement projects are personal, stressful and may often feel as if they put your life on hold.

The new Permit Center provides residents with knowledgeable staff to help explain city permitting in plain language, as well as move the building process along with greater ease so residents can get on with their plans and, thus, their lives.  

Additionally, the new Permit Center complements the city’s recently launched ePlans system.

The new and innovative online platform allows everyone, from multinational corporations to local residents with simple building projects, to submit their plans via the Web for approval by the agencies that need to view them.

On behalf of the City Council, I invite all local residents, businesses and contractors to stop by the new Permit Center at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, and join us for a community open house on Tuesday, held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The special event will include knowledgeable city staff who will explain to visitors how to put the new streamlined office to work for them.

For more information on the city’s new Permit Center, please contact Robert Newman, Director of Public Works or Paul Brotzman, Director of Community Development at 661.259-CITY.

Bob Kellar is a Santa Clarita City Councilman. He can be reached at bkellar@santa-slarita.com. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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