To save $1 million a year, the mayor of San Diego is folding the Planning Department into the department in charge of processing building permits, Development Services. There's tension because the two departments have different relationships with developers. "Development Services tends to say, 'Do you meet the regulations, yes or no?' Planning is about saying, 'Are you meeting the intent of the policy and the vision?'"
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