City Seeks to Speed Approval for Building Plans

Burbank’s Community Development Department is looking to hire a number of workers who its leader believes could cut in half the amount of time needed to check building plans — mainly for residential projects — and issue permits.

The City Council added about $1.5 million to the CDD’s budget this fiscal year, which began July 1, to pay for roughly a dozen new employees and consultant services. Several of those workers, once assigned, will work on matters relating to local development, and according to CDD Director Patrick Prescott will greatly alleviate the strain on the department’s planners, as will changes to local development policy.

Prescott estimates that the department will hire its new workers in about a year, though he hopes to fill the roles sooner. The CDD has needed the extra staff, he added, for about half a decade.

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