Hi all, I'm new to the community and a recent regional development undergraduate. Right now I am interning with the Historic Preservation Dept. of the City of Columbia in SC and have come up with a problem I am sure many of you deal with.
How can you foster better communication between Preservation and Design Review, the Zoning Department, and Inspections? There is virtually no dialogue between Preservation/Design Review and Inspections especially. Its especially frustrating to the property owner because often times an inspector and the Design Review Board can be telling them exact opposite things to do.
I was wondering if any of you had experience in good communication between departments. Do any cities that you know of handle building and fire inspections differently when the buildings fall into design review/preservation districts? Any observations on the subject would be helpful.