I had always assumed that plan sets should be submitted on 24X36" sheets folded down (accordian style) to 9"X12". This had always seemed to me to be the industry standard, the unspoken submittal pact between consultants and municipal planners. On some occasions I'd review reductions at 11X17", but this would only be approved at the discretion of the Director for certain projects.
So it came as a shock to me to witness- in my new position (another municipality)- plans being submitted in all sorts of sizes and folds. One applicant has even submitted rolled sets of site plans. After I explained to him there was N.W.I.H. I was going to fold those down to distribute to our Planning Board he gave me this incredulous look when I told him how to resubmit the proper way. I told him it was the proper way because the sets need to be collated into a packet (easier to distribute, easier to view, etc.)
Now its time for me to put my foot down on this circus act. But before I do, please tell me that my notion of the proper plan submittal is indeed the industry norm. Or is there really no norm at all? I'd be particularly interested in what private sector consultants have to say about this since they have to deal with various submittal requirements.