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.