Mayor Takes Steps to Cut Permit Red Tape by Elaine360

Elaine Golden Gealer, Brentwood condos, Brentwood townhomes, Brentwood real estate, Brentwood new construction, Brentwood condominiums, Westwood condos, Westwood townhomes, Westwood real estate, Westwood new construction, Westwood condominiums, Westchester condos, Westchester townhomes, Westchester real estate, Westchester construction, Westchester condominiums, Toluca Lake condos, Toluca Lake townhomes, Toluca Lake real estate, Toluca Lake construction, Toluca Lake condominiums, North Hollywood condos, North Hollywood townhomes, North Hollywood real estate, North Hollywood new construction, North Hollywood condominiums, Sherman Oaks condos, Sherman Oaks townhomes, Sherman Oaks real estate, Sherman Oaks new construction, Sherman Oaks condominiums, Encino condos, Encino townhomes, Encino real estate, Encino new construction, Encino condominiums, Beverly Hills condos, Beverly Hills townhomes, Beverly Hills real estate, Beverly Hills new construction, Beverly Hills condominiums, West Los Angeles condos, West Los Angeles townhomes, West Los Angeles real estate, West Los Angeles new construction, West Los Angeles condominiums, West Hollywood condos, West Hollywood townhomes, West Hollywood real estate, West Hollywood new construction, West Hollywood condominiums, Santa Monica condos, Santa Monica townhomes, Santa Monica, real estate, Santa Monica new construction, Santa Monica condominiums, San Fernando Valley condos, San Fernando Valley townhomes, San Fernando Valley real estate, San Fernando Valley new construction, San Fernando Valley condominiumsLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday ordered the city’s planning and building and safety departments to consolidate key functions and take other steps to cut red tape for developers.

When he took office last summer, Garcetti halted a merger of the planning and building and safety departments, saying he wanted to take a closer look at the issue.

“We took a deep look at both departments and now we’re moving forward with reform that makes sense instead of just combining departments for the sake of combining departments,” Garcetti said in Tuesday’s announcement.

Garcetti ordered the two departments to co-locate staff in “development service centers” at city offices downtown and in Van Nuys, with the option of opening similar service centers in South Los Angeles and West Los Angeles. He also ordered the streamlining of processing and timelines for some permit applications.

Later this week, Matrix Consulting Group is expected to release a report commissioned by the city with recommendations for further streamlining of the permitting process in these two departments, as well as for development-related permits considered by the transportation, public works and fire departments.

This will be the latest in a long line of proposals to streamline the city’s cumbersome permit approval process, which developers and business advocates see as a block to job creation and building more housing in the city.

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