Friday, April 24, 2009

Peachtree City: Developmental Services Closing from Noon – 1:00 p.m. beginning June 1

Following a reduction in staffing in Peachtree City’s Developmental Services Division, the offices will be closing from noon until 1:00 p.m. beginning on Monday, June 1.

The division includes the Planning and Zoning Department, Engineering, Stormwater, Building Department, Code Enforcement, and the Permits Office. This closure will also affect applicants coming to City Hall for Occupational Tax Certificates, which require zoning approval from the Planning Department.

Developmental Services offices are located on the lower level of City Hall, 153 Willowbend Road. Offices will be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon, and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00.

Interim Developmental Services Director David Rast said, “Although we realize closing for the noon hour may cause a slight inconvenience for residents and builders who need to obtain permits, this decision will allow all the division staff to devote the maximum amount of time to their daily duties without having to cover lunch breaks.”

The division is operating at reduced staffing levels following a reduction-in-workforce approved at the April 2 City Council Meeting. This reduction was attributed to the City’s current and projected financial status and the limited number of residential , commercial and industrial applications being received due to the downturn in the economy. Although several builders at the City Council meeting expressed concern about reduced levels of service from the Building Department, Rast indicated it was their intent to provide the same level of services, albeit with a reduced workforce.

The City sent letters to all applicants with open permits explaining these changes and identifying which staff person would be assuming the duties of those whose positions were eliminated. Rast said they would also be posting notices to advise frequent visitors to the department of the adjusted operating hours.
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