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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 1:28 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - 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 (http://bit.ly/QOaPPF ) 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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