Anchorage considers private house plan review

Sep 24, 2012 -- 11:10am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance that would allow certain homebuilders to use an independent engineer to review structural house plans. The Anchorage Daily News reports the proposal would allow the homebuilders to bypass city reviewers and speed up the permitting process. Assembly Member Adam Trombley introduced the ordinance. He says it's a measure the industry asked for. The proposal has drawn objections from city staff. Building officials say letting a private party review builders' plans instead of public inspectors not in citizens' best interest. The measure would apply to structural plan and fire code reviews for single-family and two-family houses. The city would continue to conduct other reviews such as zoning, flood and storm water requirements.

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