Hoping to keep the months-long backlog that accumulated in the city’s development-permitting department from happening again, Austin City Council members might offer developers a deal: pay significantly more and reviews will happen faster.
The council on Thursday likely will direct City Manager Marc Ott to examine programs in Dallas, San Antonio, San Jose, Calif., and other cities that allow those willing to pay a hefty fee to speed up the review process. Simply put, the goal is to avoid stuffing another large room almost to the ceiling with paperwork languishing and awaiting review — a situation that became symbolic last year of the delays experienced by people trying to renovate their home, or build a house or office building.
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