Planning Department critics expect ally in revived appeals board
A lot of headaches would be avoided, not to mention attorney fees, if residents were given a fair chance to appeal their grievances with the county Planning Department.
At least that's what an increasingly vocal coalition of local builders and property rights advocates is saying in a campaign aimed at reinstating a little-known appeals panel.
What this means for homeowners angry about red tags and architects upset about rejected applications remains to be seen. While proponents of the board foresee easier times winning approval for home construction, Planning Department officials say little will change.
"The building appeals board role is very narrow," Planning Department Director Tom Burns said. "It's about technical aspects of the building code ... not about appealing red tags."