NKAPC is making the permit process one step easier for do-it-yourself permit seekers and others who want to avail themselves of a new service. Staff recently set up a computer portal at the Commission’s permit desk that accesses LINK-GIS data to create site plans for proposed building projects.
“We’ve created an easy-to-use GIS program that allows applicants to create maps of their projects for simple applications,” said Michael Schwartz, AICP, deputy director for current planning. “These are applications such as fences, sheds, and other accessory structures.”
Most permits require site plans which show what you plan to do and where on the property you plan to do it. This new feature allows permit-seekers to print maps of their property and to use them for their site plans.
“It’s very user-friendly,” said Todd Wallace, systems administrator. “The computer prompts you for each step, beginning with the address.”
“Even if you don’t know the exact address, it will bring up similar addresses and you can choose from a list,” he said.
After entering the address, the program finds the appropriate location and creates a map of the area. Once customers hit the large print button and get their maps, they can begin drawing their plans for submission.
“We are empowering applicants with our GIS technology,” said Schwartz. “This is just a simple step that applicants can take that will allow staff to devote more time to other uses.”
Staff is testing the program now to make sure everything is operational and expects to have it open to the public by the end of January.
“This program is as user-friendly as it gets,” said Wallace, “but if someone needs help, there will always be staff that can assist or do a walk-through of the process.”