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Planning, Zoning & Entitlements
From simple issues such as Conditional Use Permits (CUP), Certificates of Compliance (COC), Lot Line Adjustments, and even second unit or guest house permits through the more complex processes of subdividing land, minor zone changes, and even major general plan revisions we can guide you through the process and serve as your advocate in assuring the process is pushed forward in as swift a manner as possible.
We have a long list of professional outsourcers that we select from dependent upon the situation. Over time we have been able to determine which provider excels in their ability to effectively anticipate jurisdictional needs. Permit Support works hand in hand with each of these licensed professionals to process the functions where we excel and they oftentimes have more difficulty in handling.
For example when a licensed professional prepares their submissions they have completed their task and typically have someone in their office interface directly with the local overseeing agencies. This is oftentimes where the processing of these types of major issues are not handled in as precise a way as they need to be handled. With our service we do not charge more than the licensed professional would charge for their office to handle such matters, but we send an experienced professional to interface with the overseeing agencies and this enhances communication and ensures that the project is handled in as expeditious a manner as possible.
There is no substitute for having an experienced builder who also understands the nuance of City/County planning and other overseeing agencies face to face to handle issues and then communicate those issues between the mutual client and the licensed professional. There is also no substitute for that same professional being able to advocate and press forward on issues where the jurisdictional authority is being unreasonable in their requests. We work hand in hand in a complimentary manner with all licensed professionals in order to make certain the targeted goals are met.
This in no way demeans the efforts made by the offices of the many excellent licensed professionals throughout Southern California. What it does say is that while they are pursuing excellence in their chosen field, we too pursue excellence in ours.
Having an independent advocate advance you targeted goals, whether it be for something simple or complex is a competitive advantage for your project. It allows for expedited processing as well as assurance that your project is being handled by the most experienced individuals available at all stages of the process.
This becomes critically important when the primary planner or even the County Administrator or Director is available at a particular moment in time. That is the moment when Permit Support can leverage experience and complete knowledge of a project in order to lobby for approval. This type of situation happens more often than not and is not charged extra, whereas if a lessor qualified individual is submitting the paperwork and interfacing with the jurisdictional authority or agency, the opportunity will be missed. In this case an appointment must be made, if even offered, for the professional to meet with the lead planner or Administrator/Director. This type of situation loses its “power of the moment” and oftentimes leads to further delays and formalities.
The only proper way to process and expedite a Planning case, zone change, or other entitlement issue is to have professionals working for you “all” of the time, taking advantage of every opportunity and honing in on every nuance that is presented with each case.
While I can cite numerous examples of this, one particular situation comes to mind. This was a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) case that we were being asked to re-open for a sorority in Southern California. The City was insisting we re-open the permit in order to allow for a major remodel of the building. The problem was that, well there were many problems, ranging from parking issues to occupancy and the last thing the client wanted was to re-open the case and risk losing their CUP. After repeated efforts to move through the bureaucracy and avoid the re-opening of the permit we were finally pressed to the point of considering the risk to the CUP simply to move forward with the major remodel. We surveyed the neighborhood, had the Sorority occupants throw a “get to know us” party for the neighbors and even obtained letters of support from the school, police department, fire department, and a few local residents.
Yet still, there were many reasons why we did not want to re-open the CUP. Then one day, by happenstance, the head of planning was in the lobby of the City Hall and we decided to strike up a conversation. Of course the conversation quickly turned to the issue at hand and through rapport, a lot of factual communication (advocacy), and goodwill we had a letter by the next day from the head of planning approving our project and circumventing the rule that required a re-opening of the CUP.
That is one of many examples of a time when having a professional permit expeditor handle your case and issues with jurisdictional authorities is far and above the better decision over having “just anyone” who would not have had the facts at hand nor the rapport and advocacy skills to pull off such a coup for the client.
For all planning cases, zoning issues, and entitlement submissions use the professional services of Permit Support. Give us a call and let us talk about our needs.