City of San Jose Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services Update

City of San Jose Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services Update

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo formed the Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services that has met four times.

On Nov. 10, 2016, the city held a Cost Recovery Workshop where consultants informed stakeholders about the study for the cost of better customer service and development in San Jose including permit fees, impact fees, and development taxes. On Nov. 30, there was a Process Improvement Workshop where stakeholders convened to provide feedback on key process improvements such as entitlement, plan check, and inspection. Stakeholders had a consensus of priorities including enhanced project coordination, CEQA team restructuring, customer communication, processing times, and addressing staff vacancies.

On Dec. 12, there was a meeting before the City Council to review and accept the findings of the development services study in order to determine the appropriate administration budget that should be granted to the department. Staff has recommended to City Council to:

  • Explore alternate funding sources
  • Implement technology to support all development services operations
  • Simplify the current fee structure
  • Deregulate certain processes for efficiency

A panel of three individuals, representing the development industry, presented their concerns to the City Council. Participants of the panel included:

  • Joshua Burroughs with Barry Swenson
  • Don Wally with IM Wally Properties
  • Erik Schoennauer with The Schoennauer Company

The City Council has approved to accept the findings of the study. The future 2017 dates for the Ad-Hoc Committee meetings will be February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, and June 22.


STATUS: In progress

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