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Planning agency to add online permit tracking

Residents and contractors in the Tahoe Basin will be able to track Tahoe Regional Planning Agency permits and land managment activities from home rather than driving to the South Shore.

Beginning in spring 2007, the TRPA will add the new system to its Web site.

“Two years ago I made a personal commitment to the public to improve customer service and streamline the permitting process at TRPA, and we’re thrilled to announce this milestone toward achieving these goals,” said John Singlaub, TRPA’s executive director. “I’m grateful to the states of California and Nevada for providing the funding for this important improvement to our community service.”

The new technology TRPA purchased from Bay Area-based Accela will streamline and modernize the agency’s existing permitting and land-use tracking procedures. The public will be able to access the agency’s permit and land management activities via the Internet 24 hours a day. Clients will also be able to schedule inspections, apply for permits and conduct research on parcels.

TRPA’s on-site inspectors will be able to remotely input results from sites using a mobile device, and users can view maps online.

“The inspectors will be able to do it right at the job site,” said Maury Blackman, senior vice president of marketing and business development for Accela. “Printing, checking off ” all that is available at their fingerprints. This is very important in the Tahoe Basin.”

Blackman said they have sold similar equipment to 500 government agencies throughout the country and that government agencies are moving toward e-commerce.

“It is similar to online brokerage or banker service,” Blackman said.

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