From the Times Ledger:
The city Department of Buildings has launched a new online building application process that officials said will provide an unprecedented level of public access to upcoming projects.
The eSubmit process allows permit applicants to submit documents electronically. After a project is approved by the DOB, residents will have 30 days to look at the plans and submit challenges to the plan. Afterward, the agency will respond to the individual comments.
“It’s far easier to correct a schematic than for us to change it after it gets going,” said David Ranshte, intergovernmental and community affairs director for the DOB, at a Community Board 2 meeting last week.
Ranshte said any building plans available for public review through the process already would have to conform to zoning standards.
Ranshte called the new records system a “self−serve model” and suggested staff from individual community boards check the DOB Web site once a week to identify new construction plans.
I predict this will be a failure. DOB already approves self-certified plans without double checking the zoning and who trusts their community board?