New Priority Area: Permitting!

When people think about neighborhood development and economic development, they often think of construction, new buildings, renovations, small businesses, and jobs.  However, they don’t often think about the behind the scenes work that goes into those larger efforts. People spend countless hours planning, working, and developing their projects.  They spend time and money to create something that will not only impact their lives, but the entire community.

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One part of this behind-the-scenes work involves obtaining approval from the City.  This approval often comes in the form of permits. The City of Syracuse issues dozens of different types of permits, and many times individual projects require multiple permits.  To obtain permits, customers currently have to come in person to Central Permit Office to complete paper applications and drop off paper project plans. From there, applicants’ plans are disseminated to several different city departments for approval.  The process can be long and tedious.

About a year ago we established a Performance Management Program. As part of this program, we set goals for how long it should take to approve different types of permit applications.  Unfortunately though, we are oftentimes missing these goals.

  • Residential renovation - 2 weeks

  • Residential new construction - 4 weeks

  • Commercial renovation - 6 weeks

  • Commercial new construction - 8 weeks

Permitting Performance Management Dashboard from June 20, 2019.

Permitting Performance Management Dashboard from June 20, 2019.

In an attempt to meet these goals, and ultimately improve the neighborhood and economic development process in Syracuse, we are excited to announce that our next Innovation Priority Area is Permitting.  Over the next year we will launch a comprehensive series of projects and initiatives to improve permitting customer experience, operations, communication, and process.

Check out the official announcement from Mayor Walsh below, and be sure to follow along on innovatesyracuse.com to learn more about this work!

Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Reducing Evictions

Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Reducing Evictions

This post is the second in a series of three about the Innovation Team’s housing stability initiatives. To read the first post, go here.

A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…

Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Improving Housing Quality

Bringing Stability to Renters in Syracuse: Improving Housing Quality

This post is the first in a series of three about the Innovation Team’s housing stability initiatives.

A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…

Development of the Snow Plow Map

Development of the Snow Plow Map

The creation of the mapping software took the form of three parts: Planning, Development, and Deployment. Planning was a 3.5 month process, while Development took 2.5 months, and deployment is ongoing. The following post details the first iteration of the program.

Tracking Snow Plows

Tracking Snow Plows

The City of Syracuse is one of the snowiest cities on record within the United States. Given this fact, it was deemed important that the residents of Syracuse should be able to see when their streets were plowed. During snow storms, the City of Syracuse sees an increased number of calls from residents telling us a street was not plowed or inquiring when their street was last plowed. By having a tool like the snow plow map we can be more transparent and open about our operations…

Below the Line: An Analysis of Barriers to Opportunity in Syracuse

Below the Line: An Analysis of Barriers to Opportunity in Syracuse

Syracuse was recently named the 9th most impoverished city in the country according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS). The City’s Office of Accountability, Performance and Innovation, working alongside the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, recently released an analysis of poverty in the city and key barriers to progress…

TOP Pilot Expansion

TOP Pilot Expansion

[Video] About a year ago, we were in the middle of the Tenant-Owner-Proactive (TOP) Pilot for Code Enforcement. Two pilot inspectors were using a new set of tools and strategies in a small territory on the Northside of the City…