As part of continuing efforts to improve the processes for developers in Centennial, the city council is poised to approve a streamlined permit …
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As part of continuing efforts to improve the processes for
developers in Centennial, the city council is poised to approve a
streamlined permit process that city planners say will make it
easier to get construction projects underway.
According to a staff report presented to the council on May 11,
Centennial’s planning and development department has worked with
the city attorney’s office to identify deficiencies in the current
There is currently no specific or unified permit required to
begin development on a site.
The city’s use tax on construction materials is collected after
construction has begun, potentially resulting in confusion since
contractors do not receive formal notice on the use tax.
The point at which the city requires applicable payments is not
directly tied to when construction begins.
In short, the staff report concludes, the current bureaucratic
processes are not “customer friendly” and are disjointed, time
consuming and arbitrary when considering the timing of actual
“While we feel we do a pretty good job driving our customer
through the process, it is very confusing, and in some cases, it
costs the outfit additional money,” city planner Jeff Brasel told
Under the staff proposal, the various administrative functions
would be combined into one transaction.
In short, once a developer submitted various required items to
the city, including payments and proof that all contractors are
licensed in Centennial, the applicant would be able to schedule a
pre-construction meeting with the city’s engineering staff.
After all applicable information is submitted to the city, a
developer would deal with only one designated staff member, instead
of being routed through several divisions.
“If approved, the developer permit process will combine all the
various activities into one transaction,” Brasel said.
Any required payments to the city would be delayed until shortly
before the start of construction.
According to the staff report, there would be no fiscal impact
resulting from the changes — a fact that quickly resulted in the
city’s entire discussion on the matter ending in little more than
“I don’t know why we wouldn’t do this,” Mayor Randy Pye said.
“It would certainly make us more development-friendly and
business-friendly as well.”
The council is expected to consider an ordinance to institute
the changes in June.
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