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1 Planning and Development Projects and Priorities City Council Work Session March 3, 2015

2 Development Presentations This is one of a series of presentations proposed for City Council Development Process Analysis and RecommendationsFebruary 10, 2015 Update on Clarion RecommendationsFebruary 17, 2015 Planning and Development Projects and PrioritiesMarch 3, 2015 Planning Division Workload StatisticsApril 7, 2015

3 Agenda 1.Planning and Development Programs and Services Alignment of Programs and Services with Strategic Plan Key Focus Areas and City Council Priorities 2.Core Functions and Operations 3.Project Prioritization Goals 4.Project Prioritization Criteria 5.Staff Recommended Projects and Program Priorities Development Services Project Priority Recommendations Neighborhood Services Project Priority Recommendations

4 Planning and Development Organizational Chart

5 Planning and Development Programs and Services Alignment of Programs and Services with Council priorities and the FY2014-2015 Strategic Plan Key Focus Areas (KFA) Council Priorities (2014 Council Retreat) High Priority #1. Create a special process to encourage, incentivize, and expedite compact growth. High Priority #3. Make improvements in the City’s permitting and inspection processes and procedures. Strategic Plan KFAs Key Focus Area 1 – Organizational Excellence Goal 4: Achieve high level of customer satisfaction (Planning & Development)

6 Planning and Development Programs and Services Alignment of Programs and Services with Council priorities and Strategic Plan Key Focus Areas (KFA) Strategic Plan KFAs Key Focus Area 3 – Economic Development Goal 1: Develop targeted policies and incentives to achieve desired economic growth (Community Development) Goal 3: Promote a business-friendly environment (Planning & Building) Key Focus Area 4 – Safe, Livable & Family-Friendly Community Goal 2: Seek clean and healthy neighborhoods in Denton (Building, CIS, Gas Well Inspections)

7 Core Functions and Operations Development Services Planning Division To facilitate and promote high quality, sustainable developments within the City of Denton and to provide professional and timely development review services to our customers (i.e., development community, business community, neighborhood groups, and citizens) Building Inspections Division To review and process applications for building permits and health permits; review construction plans for compliance with applicable model building codes and health codes; issues construction permits and health permits; and conduct inspections to ensure that new construction is built in accordance with adopted building codes and that new and existing food establishments are compliant with city and state food codes. All activities of the Building Inspection division revolve around the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

8 Core Functions and Operations Development Services Gas Well Inspections Division Oversees the processing and reviewing of all gas well related applications; the issuance of all gas well permits; the inspection of all gas well drilling and production sites for compliance with City codes and regulations; the processing of citizen and customer inquiries to provide helpful information and respond to questions and concerns; and serve as technical experts for City Boards and Commissions, the City Council, other staff, and citizens.

9 Core Functions and Operations Neighborhood Services Community Improvement Services The City of Denton's Community Improvement Services Division is committed to improving the quality of life for each Denton resident and business. CIS' mission is to work with residents and businesses to preserve the health, beauty, safety, and property values of the community through compliance with City codes. The division proactively ensures the provisions of the Denton Property Maintenance Code (DPMC), various chapters of the Code of Ordinances, and the Denton Development Code (DDC), i.e. nuisance, property maintenance, minimum building standards, dangerous buildings, and zoning are met. The division also coordinates with the City's Neighborhood Planner to effectively address and resolve issues that have the potential to negatively impact our communities.

10 Core Functions and Operations Neighborhood Services Community Development Administers the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and various other Federal, State and local grants and private funding sources. These funds provide housing, social services, economic development and capital improvements targeted to low and moderate-income neighborhoods and households. Staff is also responsible for general management, planning and reporting on grant-funded activities. Neighborhood Planning Section The purpose of this program is to ensure that city neighborhoods take a proactive role in identifying priorities and raising awareness regarding their needs, concerns, and desires. The CDNPP understands that a city’s greatness is measured by the health and vitality of its neighborhoods.

11 City Council Committees and Boards and Commissions Projects are typically initiated from any one of the following City Council Committees Committee on Citizen Engagement City Council Historic Landmark Committee Projects may also be initiated from any one of the following Boards or Commissions that are served by the Planning and Development Department: Planning and Zoning Commission Board of Adjustment Historic Landmark Commission Community Development Advisory Committee Human Services Advisory Committee Health and Building Standards Commission

12 Project Prioritization Goals Ensure Proper allocation of resources Maintain and improve service delivery to external and internal customers Achieve the goals of the Council and City Manager Establish a consensus on the priority of projects underway Present the breadth and depth of projects and Councils expectations for completion

13 Project Prioritization Criteria How are projects prioritized: Projects that have made considerable progress towards completion; Projects that have been committed to the Denton Community; Projects that are funded; and Projects that have influence on other aspects of the organization (i.e., operational changes).

14 Development Services Projects Planning Division 1.DRC Process Improvements– City Council 2.Clarion Recommendations – City Council 3.Tree Code/Tree Fund – City Council 4.Rayzor Ranch Development – City Council 5.Wayfinding Signage Program – City Council 6.Code Amendments a)Food Park - City Council request. b)NR-2 Maximum Lot Coverage – Planning and Zoning Commission c)Senior Housing Standards – Planning and Zoning Commission 7.GIS/Zoning Program 8.DRC Website

15 Development Services Projects Planning Division 9.I-35 Widening 10.Cole Ranch 11.Code Amendments a)Microbreweries/Wineries – Economic Development Partnership b)DC-G Maximum Height increase to 100 feet c)Planned Development Ordinance d)Downtown Open Space

16 Development Services Projects Building Inspections Division Review and consideration of North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) amendments for City Building Codes Update the Chapter 13 Food and Food Service Establishment – Food Trucks Revise the current “Universal Application Form to create project- specific applications Develop guidelines for reviewing building permits applications Create Completeness Check Lists for all project types; Create a user-friendly ProjectDox user’s guide that include directions for uploading applications and documents; how to resubmit plans and documents, etc.

17 Development Services Projects Building Inspections Division Development Handbooks The Site Permitting Process Site Permit Process Q & A Structures – The Building Permit Process SF Residence Building Permit Requirements Commercial Building Permit Requirements Building Permit Process Q & A Construction and Inspection Process Construction and Inspection Process Q & A Contractor’s Guide – Guidelines for Commercial Contractors Building Construction and Inspection Process Q & A Occupying the Building – Certificate of Occupancy Process Certificate of Occupancy Q & A - New Structures Certificate of Occupancy Q & A – Existing

18 Development Services Projects Gas Well Inspections Developed as part of the implementation of the Gas Well Drilling and Production Ordinance Create an online time-slider map for gas well inspections Create an online time-slider map of the city limits and drilled gas wells Finalize a training program for gas well inspections division employees Revise the Gantt chart that tracks the gas well related application processes Develop a new system to send the results of each gas well inspection to the respective operators Close the records for wells no longer in production, e.g., EagleRidge’s Joab “B” #1 and Bonnie Brae “B” #1 wells Map each historic gas well plat, to include those sites that require georeferencing and research to find missing City data

19 Development Services Projects Gas Well Inspections Map each drilling and production site with the newly proposed reverse setback distances Overhaul our division forms, applications, and SOPs to reflect the changes in the new ordinance Schedule meetings with the gas well operators and pipeline companies to explain the new ordinance Increase marketing efforts to spread the word about the gas well inspections division and its user-friendly website Link the approved gas well site authorizations, i.e., development site plans and plats, and gas well permits to the online maps Work with the PIO on the City’s gas well related legislative program and provide updates to our lobbyists and congressional representatives

20 Development Services Projects Gas Well Inspections Develop an online Operator notification system Map All Pipelines, which will likely be required per the new ordinance Map leased boundaries and co-location applications to assist with application reviews Research RRC records to ensure co-location applications accurately portray leased boundaries Map “inactive” wells, which includes plugged wells, dry holes, and expired or cancelled permits Devise an inspections oversight program with Environmental Services to ensure the third-party equipment inspections are performed, reported, and re- inspected as necessary Create procedures to review co-location projects, the proposed Initial Gas Well Development Site Plan, the proposed Final Gas Well Development Site Plan, and the Completion/Work-over Permit

21 Development Services Projects Gas Well Inspections Contract with J. Stowe to perform a new fee analysis of the co-location projects, the proposed Initial Gas Well Development Site Plan, the proposed Final Gas Well Development Site Plan, and the Completion/Work-over Permit

22 Neighborhood Services Projects Community Improvement Services Nuisance Abatement Program Minimum Building Standards Enforcement Program Dangerous Buildings Enforcement Program Certificate of Occupancy Inspection and Enforcement Program Commercial Enforcement Program (includes signage, zoning, landscaping) Right-of-way Maintenance Program Billboard and Sign Code Updates

23 Neighborhood Services Projects Community Development Development & approval of the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan for Housing & Community Development; Development of public (social) services funding recommendations by the Human Services Advisory Committee and presentation of recommendations to City Council; Development of CDBG and HOME funding recommendations by the Community Development Advisory Committee and presentation of recommendations to City Council; Complete and obtain Council approval of 2015-16 Action Plan for Housing & Community Development;

24 Neighborhood Services Projects Community Development Denton City County Day School Kitchen Improvements; Fred Moore School Electric and HVAC Improvements Mack Park Playground Project; Housing Programs Managed by CD: Home Improvement Program, Minor Repair Program, Amy Young Barrier Removal Program and Homebuyer Program; Rental and Affordable Housing Opportunity Programs managed by Denton Affordable Housing Corporation; Administration of Public (Social) Services, and Homeless Assistance and Prevention programs funded through CDBG, ESG and general funds.

25 Neighborhood Services Projects Neighborhood Planning Citywide Annexations – City Council Historic Resources Survey Updates to Historic and Conservation Districts – Historic Landmark Commission Development of Downtown Overlay – Historic Landmark Commission Preservation Plan Update – City Council Historic Landmark Commission Implementation of Denton Plan 2030 a)City Initiated Zoning b)DDC Amendments c)Land Use Studies Denton Development Code Amendments – Historic Landmark Commission a) Stop Work Orders b) Expiration of Certificates of Appropriateness Neighborhood Project Matching Grant – City Council Annual Neighborhood Empowerment Summit

26 Neighborhood Services Projects Neighborhood Planning National Register of Historic Places designation, Neighborhood Development and Engagement, a)Block leaders, b)Neighborhood Plans –Vision and Priorities

27 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 1.DRC Process Improvements 2.Clarion Recommendations 3.Tree Code/Tree Fund 4.Rayzor Ranch Development 5.Wayfinding Signage Program 6.Code Amendments a)Food Park b)NR-2 Maximum Lot Coverage c)Senior Housing Standards Planning

28 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 Review and consideration of North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) amendments for City Building Codes Update the Chapter 13 Food and Food Service Establishment – Food Trucks The Site Permitting Process Site Permit Process Q & A Structures – The Building Permit Process SF Residence Building Permit Requirements Commercial Building Permit Requirements Building Permit Process Q & A Building Inspections

29 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 1.Create an online time-slider map for gas well inspections 2.Create an online time-slider map of the city limits and drilled gas wells 3.Finalize a training program for gas well inspections division employees 4.Revise the Gantt chart that tracks the gas well related application processes 5.Develop a new system to send the results of each gas well inspection to the respective operators 6.Close the records for wells no longer in production, e.g., EagleRidge’s Joab “B” #1 and Bonnie Brae “B” #1 wells 7.Map each historic gas well plat, to include those sites that require georeferencing and research to find missing City data 8.Write a comparison report on the differences between the City’s and the County’s addressing processes in order to streamline addressing of gas well sites Gas Well Inspections

30 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 Community Improvement Services Nuisance Abatement Program Minimum Building Standards Enforcement Program Dangerous Buildings Enforcement Program Certificate of Occupancy Inspection and Enforcement Program Commercial Enforcement Program (includes signage, zoning, landscaping) Right-of-way Maintenance Program Billboard and Sign Code Updates

31 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 Community Development Denton City County Day School Kitchen Improvements; Fred Moore School Electric and HVAC Improvements Mack Park Playground Project; Housing Programs Managed by CD: Home Improvement Program, Minor Repair Program, Amy Young Barrier Removal Program and Homebuyer Program; Rental and Affordable Housing Opportunity Programs managed by Denton Affordable Housing Corporation; Administration of Public (Social) Services, and Homeless Assistance and Prevention programs funded through CDBG, ESG and general funds.

32 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 Neighborhood Planning National Register of Historic Places designation Neighborhood Development and Engagement a)Block leaders, b)Neighborhood Plans –Vision and Priorities Citywide Annexations Historic Resources Survey Preservation Plan Update Neighborhood Project Matching Grant Annual Neighborhood Empowerment Summit

33 Staff Recommended Projects and Priorities 2015 Neighborhood Planning Implementation of Denton Plan 2030 a)City Initiated Zoning b)DDC Amendments c)Land Use Studies Denton Development Code Amendments a) Stop Work Orders

34 Council Direction Staff requests Council Direction on: Projects and Priorities for Development Services – Planning Division – Building Inspections Division – Gas Well Inspections Division Projects and Priorities for Neighborhood Services – Community Improvement Services – Community Development Services – Neighborhood Planning

35 Questions


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