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Is Zoning a separate department?

Discussion in 'Planning and Zoning' started by jar546, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    I know that in some small towns, the building official wears the zoning officer hat. I am not talking about a town planner, I am talking about zoning.

    Do you have to make the call on zoning issues or is that a separate department?
     
  2. fatboy

    fatboy Administrator

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    We are the Building Inspection Division under the Community Development Department. Planning (Zoning) is another Division under the Department.

    Building has no enforcement of Zoning matters.
     
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  3. Msradell

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    That's how it's been everyplace I've ever been also.
     
  4. VillageInspector

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    In our community building/planning/zoning is all one basic department and I oversee all three
     
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  5. JCraver

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    Same here. And I also get the lake, and code enforcement......

    I think it's a mistake for zoning/planning/building to be separate. Adds unnecessary time to applications for no benefit to the municipality. It's not that hard to read a zoning map and look at a setback chart and a list of permitted uses.
     
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  6. DMartin

    DMartin Registered User

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    I have to make calls on both. Small town life:(.
     
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  7. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Registered User

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    In Fl I was the building and zoning official for the county I worked for. Planning was a separate department. Today I see it is Planning and zoning together, building is separate.
    Here we are planning, zoning and building in one department.
     
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    rktect 1 Gold Member

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    Primarily, its me the plans examiner. But issuing tenant and use form is the building official/building commissioner. Back to zoning though, if a new commercial building on a property, its me again.
     
  9. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    Same here and add Census & Floodplain duties.
     
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  10. VillageInspector

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    Yep same here, forgot floodplain administrator
     
  11. TheCommish

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    Plans review, building inspections, accessibility laws; zoning (neighborhood disputes) enforcement, determinations, historic district overlay watcher
     
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  12. fatboy

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    I "liked" it, but WOW!
     
  13. TheCommish

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    I have a local inspector that does the residential plan reviews and inspections for the past year and a great administrative assistant that answers the easy questions.

    Central Massachusetts rural area 1.5 hours to Boston, Springfield Ma, Hartford Ct, Providence RI 1 to t1.25 away. 44 square miles 14,000 residences 5000 parcels mostly residential, however, the commercial side has picked up a bit. Electrical, plumbing, and gas are handled by trade inspectors. our zoning is not as difficult as the west coast, residential lot is 60K with 175 feet of frontage
     
  14. jwilly3879

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    Small town and I handle it all. We tried having a ZEO but it became too cumbersome. Much simpler this way, only one person the applicant needs to talk to.
     
  15. Rick18071

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    The 3rd party company I work for has zoning inspectors as well building inspectors in the same department which covers all of North America.
     
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  16. fatboy

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    What company?
     
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