A reader sends along this message from our P&Z:
Classic Email from P&Z today:
“Hello All — I’m writing to our frequent applicants regarding submittals of CAM [Coastal Area Management – any project within 600? Something like that – feet of the water. Ed] applications in the coming months. Review times of CAM’s have increased due to an increase in application submittals over the last year, in addition to the required engineering review of most new projects based on the revised Drainage Manual. In addition to this, Katie Deluca, who has reviewed 95% of CAM submittals, will be out on maternity leave for a while. In light of this, we are anticipating longer review times in the coming months and therefore are requesting that when you submit CAM’s, please submit a time extension at the same time. This will help avoid lapses in deadlines. Based on State Statutes, if a CAM application deadline lapses (65 days after receipt of application, with an additional 65 days of extension possible), the CAM can be considered denied, so it is in the applicant’s best interest not to have the deadline lapse. Thank you and you can contact me with any questions. In Katie’s absence, Marek and Pat will be reviewing CAM’s. A sample blank CAM extension form is attached below.”
New rules are enacted, regulation becomes more stringent and the town is completely unprepared to do their job….
This affects you, oh homebuyer, because if you’re considering buying a house even remotely close to the water, you can now plan an extra six months to the permitting process. We’re probably well over a year now for most projects, and it’s getting worse.