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Stafford to ease permit process
Stafford County moves closer to one-stop shop for permits.

Date published: 11/15/2011

BY KATIE THISDELL

Building projects may get a little easier in Stafford County.

At least, that should apply to the paperwork part.

The Community Development Service Center, slated to open in the spring in the County Administration Center, will be a one-stop shop for planning, zoning and building permits.

Homeowners and developers alike will be able to go to the newly renovated space, rather than navigating through different offices at Stafford Courthouse.

The county also hopes specific case managers will help the applicant through the steps.

The center follows a trend of large, local governments in easing permit processes, especially those from Northern Virginia to Richmond and the Tidewater region, said Mike Toalson, chief executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Virginia, based in Richmond.

"It's more efficient and allows for coordination," Toalson said.

That should help out both the county and the community.

"It'll help ensure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing--the i's get dotted and the t's get crossed," Toalson said.

At today's meeting, the Stafford Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funds to begin construction of the center.

The renovation will be paid with fiscal 2010 carry-over funds from the Public Works and Planning departments, and is expected to cost $400,000.

This project follows the board's September approval of the Economic Development 10-Point Plan, which aims to promote business-friendly initiatives.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975
Email: kthisdell@freelancestar.com