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Director's Advisory Group Update March 2016

Published:  March 14, 2016


Steve Brown
Jerry Edinger
Karen Giovannini (UCCE)
Eric Koenigshofer
Bob Ost
Greg Swaffar
Neil Peoples



Tennis Wick
Jennifer Barrett
Patrick Mullin
Nathan Quarles

1. Well & Septic Staffing

Steve Brown asked about Well & Septic positions and any positions not filled. Nathan Quarles addressed recent staffing changes. Well  and Septic has one vacancy and is currently interviewing. Patrick Mullin explained that Well and Septic applications are at their highest level. Greg Swaffar asked for details on  expedited  plan check process.  Nathan  Quarles  addressed  and  noted concerns. Expedited plan check is determined on staff working over time. Customers are not charged for expedited plan check until work is complete. Nathan further explained about Well & Septic divided into two groups, plan review and inspection. Patrick addressed questions on overall building permit applications. Fifty percent of building permits with plans are approved over the counter, same day. Many of the permits are smaller projects - solar, interior remodels and if a site review is done prior to plan submittal.

2. Permit Timing

Jerry Eddinger asked about tracking permits. June 2016 will launch PRMD’s new Accela software that will replace the current Permits Plus. Accela will allow tracking of permits, taking projects through various stages. Jennifer Barrett reported on stages of planning applications. Please contact Tennis Wick with specific project issues.

3. New Staff

Eric Koenigshofer asked about new staff. Tennis responded with new employee updates. New staff are motivated. Some new planners are recruited from Sonoma State and have an extensive knowledge of the area and Sonoma County. New employees are receiving great training from their supervisors.

Phone/email Communication

Eric Koenigshofer asked about PRMD’s policy on returning phone calls and emails. Tennis explained communication is answered within one business day.

Next Meetings

May 9, 2016
July 11, 2016
September 12, 2016
November 14, 2016

Contact Information

JoAnn Barker

Permit & Resource Management Department
County of Sonoma
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