In lower than a month, the county’s constructing and zoning allowing techniques are going paperless, and officers are optimistic they’ll be prepared.
The $2.5 million Energov program will combine knowledge from property data, zoning, vital habitat, infrastructure like sewer, contractor licenses, constructing and parcel designs and way more right into a single cloud-based system that can permit inspectors from a number of departments to work on a allow utility concurrently, somewhat than shuffling paper from one desk to a different.
Public Works Director Ikaika Rodenhurst and Planning Director Zendo Kern say they’re transferring ahead and never trying again, kicking off the brand new program July 26. Whereas some bumps are anticipated alongside the best way, the outcomes will probably be value it, officers stated.
“Our crew is working tireless hours to handle the gaps recognized throughout our public testing interval, and are assured that we are going to be able to go-live with our County of Hawaii Digital Processing and Data Heart (EPIC system) on July 26 and begin accepting functions on-line on the July 28. We’re extraordinarily excited for the transition to an all-digital system, taking us away from a tedious and notoriously cumbersome course of, and are ready to handle any points introduced forth by the general public at-large upon implementation,” Kern stated. “As with something new, we want to thank the general public for his or her endurance as we purpose to ship a a lot wanted improve to our present service.”
Along with saving time, this system, 5 years within the making, will imply so much much less paper for candidates and the county. As an alternative of getting to make 5, 10 and even 20 copies of prolonged paper types, candidates will submit a kind digitally with out having to go to the planning or allow places of work.
Invoice 46, setting the stage for the departments to create the brand new protocols by way of administrative guidelines, is scheduled for its first listening to Wednesday earlier than the County Council. Each the Windward and Leeward planning commissions permitted the primary of the adjustments throughout their June conferences, and can meet July 15 in a joint session for extra amendments.
“I really feel assured within the skills of our administrators of Planning, Public Works, and IT to align their groups and go stay with EPIC by Energov on the finish of the month. I believe when the unique dedication to go stay was made, there wasn’t a full understanding as to the depth of labor on the backend that wanted to occur,” council Planning Committee Chairwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz stated. “It was an incredible endeavor with quite a few challenges, however the backside line is it’s lastly being delivered. I’ve to credit score all county personnel pushing onerous to make it occur. I anticipate some bumps within the street with the launch, however that’s to be anticipated with something new.”
Questions on energy and web outages, lack of entry or skill for candidates to submit their functions and talent of the general public to view paperwork they at the moment can see on the Planning Division places of work arose from commissioners and testifier Cory Harden at planning fee conferences.
“Someone that doesn’t have a pc, someone that’s not laptop literate, someone that desires to fill out a paper utility will now not give you the option to take action,” famous Windward Planning Commissioner Joseph Clarkson. “You’re recommending an ordinance being enacted that will completely prohibit the submission of a paper utility.”
Kiosks will probably be arrange at each the Hilo and Kona Planning Division places of work for candidates and the general public to make use of and to be taught the system, officers stated.
“We will probably be accepting functions solely on-line, solely digital, we won’t have paper submittals anymore as we transfer ahead,” Kern instructed the fee. “We may have the kiosks there, we may have the flexibility to indicate folks how to take action, we may have an inventory of locations that they will scan any paperwork if they should.”