As part of the week-long series on The City’s proposed 2012-2014 business plans and budgets, today’s post features The City’s Planning, Development & Assessment (PDA) department.
Monday: Community & Protective Services
Tuesday: Planning, Development & Assessment
Thursday: Utilities & Environmental Protection
Friday: Corporate Services and Corporate Administration
PDA develops plans, policies and services that support land development, use and growth management. It also assesses all city properties and businesses. The department plays an important role in growing and maintaining a vibrant city, now and in the future.
Whether you’re moving into a new or re-developed community, the PDA department has been involved from the start with land use planning, community development plans, issuing building permits and business licences. The department is also responsible for the annual assessment of your property value using the market value standard.
Some highlights of PDA’s 2012-2014 proposed plans and budgets include:
- More efficient allocation between different job types will result in a net decrease of six full-time equivalents in 2012 and a total of $471,000 in savings over the 2012-2014 period.
- Streamlining business processes, use of alternative service delivery and staff deployment models, consistent use of more effective project planning and management tools, and increasing use of technology such as online public engagement.
- Total budget reductions due to productivity savings over three years will be $1.2 million.