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The development department currently has about 84 full-time employees, Gray said, and Burghdoff said the department has requested for additional staff to be put on the city’s budget for next year.
In the meantime, Burghdoff said the city has been continually looking for ways to improve. Back in 2006, the city hired California consulting firm Zucker Systems to analyze the city’s development process. Zucker came up with 165 recommendations for improving staffing, technology and workflow. Berzina said the city has improved since implementing the recommendations, but it would be a good idea to revisit the process and factor in the city’s recent growth rate.
Burghdoff said city staff has been meeting monthly to discuss ways to improve. Gray said some solutions include making building permits available online, automatically issuing permits for smaller improvement projects like foundation repairs that don’t require as much review and asking third party companies to help with things like zoning review.
“That’s the type of thing we’re looking for, is ways to both get construction people and developers and contractors on their way with what they need to do and try and mitigate our workload,” Gray said.
Either way, the amount of time it takes for a project to go through the city is subjective – some developers may find it slower, while others may find it faster depending on what their expectations are or what their experience has been in other cities, Berzina said.
That’s been the case for Tom Galbreath, president of Fort Worth civil engineering firm Dunaway Associates, which works regularly with the City of Fort Worth. Dunaway is currently working with the city on projects like the Multipurpose Arena and Tavolo Park on the former Pate Ranch property off Chisholm Trail Parkway.
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