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A couple of weeks ago we shared some exciting news about our new Assistant Planning Directors.  Today I have even more good news – we’ve got a new Chief Building Official (CBO)!

Please join me in congratulating our new CBO, Leon Skinner. He’s been with the City since 2007, previously serving as a Continuing Education Coordinator and Building Plans Examiner Supervisor at the City’s satellite office on Litchford Road. Leon is certified as a N.C. Level III Inspector for Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fire Protection trades. He is also certified by the International Code Council (ICC) in all trades, and is certified as a level II firefighter, OSHA Hazardous Materials Technician, Asbestos Inspector, and Zoning Official.

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If you are a user of our Concurrent Review process, or if you simply want to know more about it, be sure to read this blog. We also invite you to visit the process webpage and familiarize yourself with the new form and checklist as described below.

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Whew! Is it almost November? Where is the time going? Before we get too busy with the holiday hustle and bustle, I’ve got a few updates to pass along from our Development Services Department.

First, please note that we’ve had an update to one of our forms entitled “Agreement for Electrical Service Prior to Certificate of Occupancy.” This form, sometimes referred to as the “Electrical Early Release,” is listed in our Forms and Applications Directory, an alphabetical listing of all development forms. If you’re familiar with the directory, you’ll notice that we’ve added a box at the top of the directory listing the most popular forms. I like it!

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Thanks to everyone that participated in our "After the Storm" quiz last week. Can you guess which question stumped the most people? If you said the question about generators, then you'd be right. So this week I'd like to follow-up with an article written by our own Development Services director, Tom Hosey, on the subject of portable generator safety.

Some time ago, while Tom was in Houston and serving on the board of directors for the Building Officials Association  of Texas (BOAT), he wrote the following article for the BOAT newsletter. It has been modified just a little so that it is applicable to our state. While the article is longer than our typical blog post, it is full of great information and worth the read. Enjoy!  

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In the past, when a development project required construction work in the right-of-way that affected the sidewalk, streets, or public parking spaces, applicants had to go to multiple departments in the City to get permits.

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When I first came to work for the City back in 2009, Development Services was a division of the City Manager’s office. It was led by Hamid Dolikhani (who is currently the Interim Deputy Inspections Director), and included about twenty-five employees who staffed the Development Services Customer Service Center (DSCSC), which opened in 2010.

As the manager of the DSCSC for its first four years, I watched the division grow to include Current Planning, and the permitting operations at the Litchford Satellite office.

Since joining the Communication team last year, more organizational changes have occurred. Today, Development Services is no longer a division of the City Manager’s office. And it is not under the umbrella of Planning. Seeing the need for a department that oversees development review and inspections, the City established a new stand-alone department called Development Services. Led by Tom Hosey, it includes two divisions (Land Development and Building Development) and a team of more than 120 employees.

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  • Development Services
    Customer Service Center
    1 Exchange Plaza
    Raleigh, NC 27602
  • 919-996-2495
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    Satellite Office
    8320-130 Litchford Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615
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