City planning division services available online

The City of Grand Junction has revamped its development review and permitting processes to offer more services online.

The changes offer around-the-clock access to city planning division online services as well as the ability to apply for certain permits through the city Web site at www.gjcity.org.

“This is a huge step in streamlining our development review and permitting process,” said Lisa Cox, planning manager. “Having online services provides our customers with more options when conducting business. And we’ll be able to add more services over time to increase the convenience factor for our customers.”

All development applications to the city are now submitted electronically and routed to review agencies electronically — changes designed to save time and money. Applicants no longer have to submit multiple paper copes of applications at City Hall. City staff no longer has to mail back bulky review packages.

Applications also are available online for fence, home occupation, sign and temporary sign permits.

The new online services constitute the latest phase of implementing new computer software. City staff worked on the changes with EnerGov, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in planning software that allows electronic plan review and online permitting services.

“We are committed to making it easier and more efficient to move through our planning process,” Cox said. “This is a ‘business friendly’

change and an important step in an ongoing effort to improve our customer service. Those who have used the new online services have been very pleased with the ease of use.”

Cox said additional services will be added to the system, including applications for planning clearances.