Site plan amendments/changes are probably the most common type of application in my jurisdiction and we are looking at a more streamlined review process without ignoring the input of concerned parties such as the Utility dept., Fire dept, and Engineering. A typical situation is the addition of a parking area, the moving of a dumpster, relocation of landscaping/signs, etc. Often it'll be someone wanting to put up a fence on a commercial site.
We've been telling people that they need to amend the existing site plans in order to do these things. The logic is that that the changes need to be reviewed again by all parties at the DRC (development review committee) but this process can be time-consuming and ineffective. To make matters worse some departments see the new reviews as an opportunity to hammer applicants with new fees (fire department is the worst )
So how flexible is your process for site plan changes/amendments? Do you require a development review committee or board to review minor changes? Or do these applications have to go before your PZB or elected board? Perhaps planners grant approvals administratively. Anything would be better than the crappy process we have, thanks.