Project delays

Dear Editor:How long should it take to get a building permit from the city of Downey for a simple structure (such as a garage with a kitchen and bath above) when the concept is approved? A month or two would seem ideal. How does 54 months sound? To put this into perspective, George W. Bush was in the first year of his second term as president when my neighbor wrote the first check and submitted his plans. Now, after 54 months, the city of Downey Building Department has handed my neighbor his set of plans back for corrections (the fourth time). What is the correction? Get a 50-year history on the property from the County Hall of Records. The Building Department has all of the construction records for every piece of property in the city of Downey. Why are they sending this man away again? What will they find to hold up his project this time? - Kenneth Stallcup, Downey

********** Published: May 7, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 3

OpinionEric Pierce