Systems will help assess land plans

Systems will help assess land plans

Mecklenburg County, N.C., is planning a series of systems to coordinate land development activities, which often involve several county agencies.

The county is seeking approval for a computer-assisted mass appraisal system and for a land records system that would digitize land plans and make them Web-accessible.

But first up is the Plan Review System, which will help the county track and perform land development project reviews.

Documents to be reviewed include sketches from homeowners, demolition plans and full-scale blueprints of subdivisions, office parks and stadiums, county applications developer Sue Chamberlin said.

A county employee will access the system to pull up a questionnaire for a would-be land developer. The system will then determine which agencies must approve the plans before the county can issue any permits.

Employees at each agency will use the system to run down specialized checklists. The system will track and record all reviews as the plans make the rounds, either digitally or on paper.

The system also will feed the city's geographic information system data such as details on new streets and sewer lines, Chamberlin said.

County officials will access the system through the Visual Basic front-end of a client-server system. Data will reside in an IBM DB2 database.

Developers will pay for the system through three years of surcharges.

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