Rose Herrera has made economic development the main tenet of her mayoral campaign. Now she wants the city to speed up the time it takes to process building and planning permits.
Unlike her opponents in the mayor’s race, whose platforms have focused primarily on restoring public safety, Herrera wants to bolster San Jose’s job base.
“We need a better tax base for San Jose,” she told the Mercury News, adding that San Jose has more adult residents than jobs. “We end up fighting over the scraps. Let’s grow the pie.”
In a plan submitted to the Rules and Open Government Committee this week, she asks the city to adopt a system that shortens permitting from a months-long ordeal to a 24-hour process.
She points to Phoenix as an example. Arizona's capitol recently adopted a planning software that allows the public to submit plans and make payments online.
“While I applaud our planning department’s move toward better efficiency in processing plan submissions to the city of San Jose, the proposed online automated intake form is only the first step in the right direction toward creating an end-to-end solution in removing the potential bottlenecks in the production of a building permit,” Herrera writes in her memo.
The electronic system would allow builders to submit applications online, upload drawings and documentation, manage revisions and receive email notifications when there’s an update. It would reduce physical trips, hard copies and administrative costs and quicken project turnaround.
Taking a page from Phoenix would, however, require one-time funding, Herrera notes.
- Captious city critic David Wall continues harping on the city for not halting residential development in response to the statewide drought. He upbraids the council for its “perpetual reckless disregard” for the public’s wellbeing by not calling off all housing permits.
- The city wants to support a state bill that would charge more for traffic violations in school zones.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260