Shooting Yourself in the Permit

November 23, 2008 § Leave a comment

Dear Mayor Daley,

The City of Chicago Green Building Permit program is broken. A national environmental non-profit organization is setting up shop in Chicago. The permitting process for that project would have taken 3 weeks under the functioning program. Instead it took 3 months, and not because of incompetence or sloth, but because the staff has been cut by 75%.

Your budget deficit is massive, but by cutting building department staff, you’re shooting yourself in the permit. Permits lead to buildings which generate tax revenue, jobs, and material sales, and when completed support business development. Cutting staff may reduce direct cost, but it also hits the City’s top line revenue by slowing building-related economic activity City-wide. « Read the rest of this entry »

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