A new El Paso County website has made millions of pages of documents, once only accessible by sifting through hefty files, available with the click of a mouse.
The system, known as an electronic development application review program, allows developers and consultants to file applications, view the status of their submittals and respond to reviewer comments online.
The site includes a list of pending applications and a searchable database of all major development applications, including rezonings and subdivisions, dating back to 1947.
"This is a game changer for how we do business," Craig Dossey, executive director of the Development Services Department, told county commissioners at their regular Tuesday meeting.
The site, which county staff began working on last year with the help of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, was launched in March.
It's expected to save money for developers and consultants, who previously had to pay the department at least $50 for an hour of research, as well as a $0.25-per-page printing cost, when they needed to pull documents. The system is also likely to speed development timelines because application reviews and revisions can be submitted online, instead of via mail, Dossey said.
The site will likely cut costs for the county, which will spend less on mailing application filings and staffing costs for the department. Applicants will be able to do more independently online, reducing department staffing costs.
"It empowers people to get the answers themselves," Dossey said.
The site will cost between $10,000 and $15,000 annually in maintenance and licensing fees, but Dossey estimates it could save the county up to $50,000 a year.
The program is part of a county effort to make information more readily available to its citizens. In the spring, the Assessor's Office launched a new, statistic-packed website, featuring an interactive map alongside a dashboard of neighborhood and property information. County information technology officials are also working on developing a smartphone app and revamping the government's website to make information easier for citizens to find.
See the new site online at epcdevplanreview.com.
Contact Rachel Riley: 636-0108