Council Report: May Development Activity

The Fort Worth City Council received an informal report on monthly development activity at its Tuesday June 18 work session.

May 2019 Highlights include:

Building permits

New commercial permits issued in May were 141, compared to:

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*65 issued in April, up 117%.

*81 issued in May 2018, up 74%.

Total commercial valuation (including remodels and additions) was $311 million in May, compared to:

*$98 million in April, up 217%.

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*$158 million in May 2018, up 97%.

New single-family home permits in May were 388, compared to:

*500 issued in April, down 22%.

*440 issued in May 2018, down 12%.

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While the volume of new single-family permits decreased compared to April 2019 and May 2018, there was an increase in the average value per home. In May 2019, the average price for a new single family home was $185,000, up $11,000 from the previous month and up $21,000 from a year ago.

Customer satisfaction

Overall customer service satisfaction was 87% very positive or somewhat positive for May, up from 86% in April.

*A total of 81% of customers surveyed thought the inspections team was extremely helpful or very helpful in May, compared to 100% in April.

X-Team (expedited) building plan review

In May, the following building plan reviews and issued permits included:

*Seven X-Team plan review conferences.

*14 X-Team permits issued.

There are 16 permits pending revision and a total of five pending conferences. The X-Team offers Plan B, an option for an applicant to have the same benefit of an expedited plan review without a conference. There are currently five Plan B permits in review.

Building Plan Review

On June 11, building code plan review times for first review were:

*Commercial plans – Actual nine days, goal seven days.

*Residential plans – Actual nine days, goal seven days.

All departmental review times for first review were as follows:

*Commercial plans, 15 days.

*Residential plans, 12 days

Infrastructure Plan Review

The Infrastructure Plan Review Center (IPRC) reviewed 100% of the plans submitted within the 14-day goal time frame in April. Staff continues to monitor the implementation of Phase 2 of the Accela Automation shared database.

Community Facility Agreements (CFA)

The CFA Ordinance and Administrative Guide were approved by the Mayor and City Council in May and became effective June 1.

Development Process Improvements

Commercial Permitting Lean Review – The process team met, discussed, and came to consensus on final BPI recommendations. The staff is in the process of integrating the comments and suggestions into the final BPI Report from executive management for final evaluation from the Development Advisory Committee.