average, the County is receiving three permit applications
each week for home additions that are actually newly
constructed homes on existing foundations. Our current
guidelines of what constitutes a new home versus an
addition do not adequately address the variety of circumstances
encountered in the current building and remodeling climate.
Thus, a clear definition is needed to address the discrepancy.
Ideally, any such policy would be incorporated into
legislation to provide enforcement with sufficient leverage
to achieve compliance. In addition, policies need to
be established that will ensure proper safety inspections,
code compliance requirements, and overcome code enforcement
challenges. Present trends indicate an increased number
of similar applications each week due to the lack of
land availability, economic conditions, and the rising
cost for new homes.
Therefore, I move for the Board's unanimous consent
to establish a cross agency task force in order to clarify
the above mentioned definition; determine inspection
and code compliance needs including when Residential
Use Permits are required; and identify which agency/branch
will be responsible for issuing these types of permits.
Furthermore, I move that the Permits Division of the
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
to lead and guide the task force process and include
the agencies and organizations that are deemed appropriate
to this process. Lastly, the Permits Task Force will
provide the Board with a written report of the issues
that were identified and resultant recommendations within
one year from the date of approval of this Board.