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Vegas 1st state agency to accept land-use plans online

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Updated: 6/17/2013 12:11 pm
LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas is the first government agency in Nevada to accept land-use applications and plans online, greatly streamlining the development process. This includes General Plan Amendments, rezoning requests, site plan reviews, variances, special use permits and more.

Residents, engineers and architects will now be able to go through the entire zoning process from their computer, rather than coming down to the Development Services Center at 333 N. Rancho Drive. Customers will no longer have to submit multiple sets of plans, saving them time and money. Plans and applications can now be processed immediately, allowing for simultaneous reviews among departments and speeding the review process.

Future plans are to have the mapping process, civil plans, engineering plans and building permits available for submittal and review online.

Streamlining the development process is the next step in the city’s major effort to make it easier to do business in Las Vegas. In 2011, the city opened the Development Services Center, providing a “one-stop shop” for the development community. The Planning Department, Building & Safety Department, Land Development, City Engineer, Fire Prevention, Public Works and Operations & Maintenance administrations, and Business Licensing are all located in the building.

Consolidation of these numerous departments into one facility was a recommendation that came from a review of the city’s development services process. This process includes obtaining permits and other documents needed during the planning and building process.

For those who don’t have the capability of scanning their documents at home, the city will offer a kiosk at the Development Services Center where customers can scan their plans and submit them electronically. The process online should take 5-10 minutes, or an hour if it were done in person.

It is estimated that for one land use application, the new system will save customers:

•104 miles in trips to the Development Services Center
•8.68 gallons of gas for those trips
•5 pounds of carbon monoxide
•213 pounds of paper

Several training sessions have been scheduled for customers interested in using the new system. The training sessions will take place at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., in the first floor Human Resources Training Rooms. There are 14 spots per session, so residents interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to planning@lasvegasnevada.gov or call (702) 229-6301. The sessions will take place:

9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

More information on the development services process, and its continuing improvements, can be found here.

-- From news release
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