first_imgClark County will soon be bringing in a fresh set of eyes to take a look at how it can improve its permitting process.At its Tuesday morning meeting, the county council unanimously voted to allow the Clark County Department of Community Development to move forward with plans to hire a consultant to evaluate the efficiency of its Permit Center, which approves permits for residential and commercial construction in unincorporated parts of the county.Speaking during the meeting, Community Development Director Marty Snell said that his department estimates that the study will cost up to $100,000. He also said that his department has received five proposals from consulting companies and intends to finalize the contract with one of them by October.Snell said that the consulting company selected for the project will look at how the county responds to regulations from the state, possible “bottlenecks” and service capacity at the Permit Center, as well as technological improvements that could be made to improve the process. The consultant will also review how the center interacts with related programs and will get feedback from county employees and customers he said.“A big part of what we hope to gain out of this, from the consultant, is to identify additional ways we can leverage technology to be more efficient to reduce those review times, which is where I personally believe that a lot of time is elapsing on the contractors and their representative consultants,” said Bob Bergquist, Community Development administrative services and finance manager.last_img read more