Archive for November, 2010
November 12th, 2010
We got an “Application Accepted” letter from the Planning Dept. The date on the letter is Nov. 12, 2010, but there is no date of when my application was officially accepted. We can think of nothing in our permit filing that corresponds to a date of Nov. 12, so we don’t think that really is the official “Application Accepted” date.
The letter also gives no dates or schedules as to when the Planning Dept will actually do any work on my application. This is over five months since Dave Watson turned in my MUP permit application, and nearly four months since we turned in the materials the Planning Dept requested in their “Application Incomplete” letter of July 9th, 2010.
By our calculation, we should have gotten this letter on or before Aug 18, 2010, since that is 30 days after July 17, 2010, when we turned in all of the materials requested in the Planning Dept. “Application Incomplete” letter. So we think the actual “Application Accepted” date is Aug. 18, 2010, or roughly three months before.
The Planning Dept has now taken 116 days just to send a single letter saying that our application is accepted. The Planning Dept sure spends a lot more time and effort trying to prevent building than it does in processing permits.
November 18th, 2010
Dave Watson met with Lenny Grant, EarthSystems, and Susan Roberts at Cannon Engineering to figure out how to handle the run off from the house at Cave Landing. Because I am building a house and a driveway, we are covering up the dirt that is there now with stuff like concrete that doesn’t absorb rainwater. Therefore, when it rains there would be slightly more water coming off the hill than there otherwise would be. Since the footprint of my house and driveway is pretty small on a 37 acre lot, the incremental runoff water would be not much more than before. But by county ordinance I have to either retain the extra water somehow, or control release it. The geologists and the engineer have to figure out the best way to do this.