The State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development issued a Notice of Funding Availability dated March 28, 2019, authorized under the Planning Grants Program provisions of Senate Bill 2 – Building Homes and Jobs Act (SB 2). The funding is intended to assist with the preparation, adoption, and implementation of plans that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.
Funding is based on population estimates from the Department of Finance. The City of Chino Hills is considered a medium locality as defined as a population between 60,000 and 200,000 people. The maximum award amount for a medium locality is $310,000.
Staff is requesting the maximum award amount of $310,000 to help offset cost for the purchase of a Land Management System (LMS) which can typically cost over $1,000,000 for licensing, implementation and maintenance over a four-year period. The City must adopt, by resolution, the authorization for the application, and receipt of SB 2 Planning Grant Program funds by November 30, 2019. An LMS will be used by Planning, Building, Engineering and Code Enforcement Divisions to issue and track permits, code violations, and to provide land use and development information to the public.
For the past 17 years, the City has utilized GovPartner as its LMS platform, which is an outdated system with limited capabilities to support changes necessitated by evolving technology, as well as growth within the City. The proposed LMS will serve as one platform to share and house information, thereby expediting the permitting process and accelerating housing development by streamlining the application submittal processes and reducing plan review turnaround times. The City projects the new software system will cut the permitting processing time by an average of 30 percent, which will improve the customer experience and be instrumental in accelerating housing development in the City of Chino Hills.