By Joe Naiman
County supervisors want to hear more about a task force recommendation to transfer land use activities of the Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Department of Environmental Health to the Department of Planning and Land Use.
They rejected another task force recommendation, to create a “troubleshooter” position, as redundant. County staff said that previous attempts at such a solution caused bottlenecks and weakened accountability.
The task force suggested funding a Continuous Improvement Program to ensure that “Service First” recommendations from an earlier study are continually implemented. Supervisors asked staff to find funding sources and develop the plan.
Based on another recommendation, approval from other local land use jurisdictions — primarily incorporated cities — will no longer be required, although their input will be considered.
The supervisors liked the recommendation to record all items on the parcel map rather than having them on a separate document, unless a specific legal requirement dictates that recording be on a separate document.
Also, less critical details such as landscaping will be self-certified in the future.
Based on the task force recommendation to establish reasonable “not to exceed” charges for discretionary plan review, the supervisors directed staff to identify variables at the start of the project, control cost through project management, and phase the conversion of deposits to flat fees.
Among other recommendations receiving approval was that applicants not be required to submit applications or studies not required by written policy.