Solomon issues order to expedite fire plan review process


Mayor Joseph J. Solomon issued an executive order Wednesday directing the Building Official, Fire Chief and Planning Department to develop a comprehensive program to allow for independent third party review of fire plans. The program will help to expedite the review process, which presently has seen significant delays, he said.  

“Since taking office, I have found that the city’s fire marshal doesn’t have the capacity to provide timely plan review of engineered designs, which has, in many cases, delayed development projects to the detriment of those who want to do business here,” Solomon said in a press release. “We need to make sure that the review process is timely and convenient for developers and investors. Offering the option of an independent third party review of fire safety plans will help us do just that.”

Solomon said that the fire marshal’s review of plans has been taking on average of two months – and in some cases, longer – to complete, far in excess of the remainder of the city’s streamlined e-permitting process.

He said that it is his intent that the process take effect on January 1. The program would allow qualified and licensed consulting engineering plan review services, at the option of the applicant or developer. These firms would be required to be licensed in the appropriate discipline and conform with local and state regulations. The fire permitting review process would run parallel with the e-permitting process and expedite review for applicants who are willing to fund the service. In return, the city would apply discounts to the permitting fee commensurate with a portion of the fee that would otherwise be dedicated to fire safety permitting.  

The program to be developed shall include, but won’t be limited to, creation of a fee structure and the qualifications for firms conducting the review, Solomon said. He expects the program to be developed no later than December 21 to ensure its timely implementation on January 1.

“Offering this option will reduce the lengthy and complicated review process, helping to ensure robust economic development in our community. This will, in turn, lead to job growth, which has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for me and my administration,” the mayor said.


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Great move... remove barriers to doing business that, arguably, should not have existed in the first place. If only our government had a competitor.

This is definitely a good thing for our Mayor (the actual, real, as in won-the-election) Mayor to do!

Happy Posting Something Relevant Before Corrente Posts More Delusional Self-Serving Nonsense Month Everybody

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WwkVoter, I agree that this is a good plan. It sets high standards for eligible firms to review fire plans, and should speed up the approval process for new businesses.

Happy Beating the Two-Time Election Loser Again Day, WwkVoter

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dear readers,

This is a damn smart idea. Credit to Mayor Solomon.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The WFD is morally bankrupt and continues to bilk this city unmercifully. Where is the audit? Why are they still shopping with our equipment and gas, why hasn't Peter Ruggiero been fired, why hasn't Armstrong, Avedisian, Cooley, Mclaughlin and many others been questioned under oath? Get on the stick Joe.

Friday, November 16, 2018

JOE SOLOMON put out a flyer that he WOULD NOT back down from doing his job.

Friday, November 16, 2018

We shall see.

Friday, November 16, 2018