my clients get frustrated with the process.”
Hurlbutt said he does not believe the town is micromanaging the code; it’s more an enforcement of the code.
“I think we are fairly lenient in how we do the enforcement action,” Hurlbutt said. “I think asking applicants to come back and go through the required process or get the required permits is seen as being overly restrictive and essentially we are not going after them and fining them, which our code gives us the right to do for everyday [issues when] they have something that is in violation. But we typically don’t do that. We typically give them allowance to remedy the situation. We are just really looking for compliance of the code.”
Hurlbutt said the Town of La Plata tries to enforce the code equally and consistently across the board.
“We treated Mr. Gressis as we would treat anyone who is in violation of the code,” Hurlbutt said. “The construction materials left to the side that he was speaking about is considered to be construction debris and the project is not complete. He has not completed his bar and he still hasn’t completed the DRB process, so we do not typically apply property maintenance code to an active construction site. For him to say that we’re not enforcing, that is disingenuous. Enforcement of property maintenance code is done by visual inspection and the inspector knows he is doing construction.”
Both the town and Gressis expressed interest in making the process easier for businesses in La Plata. Currently the town’s sign committee, including town and business representatives, are working toward adopting a revised sign code that could change how difficult the signage process is the Town of La Plata.