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Salisbury OKs change to utility permitting

The Salisbury City Council has adopted an ordinance giving the city authority to issue water and sewage extension permits instead of making developers go through the state.

City Councilman Brian Miller said the Oct. 18 decision will enable developers to complete projects faster because they will no longer have to wait two to three months for the state to approve utility plans. The new, streamlined approval process is expected to not only speed up new construction projects, but also help save on material and staffing costs for water extension projects and attract more developers to the area, Miller said.

Elaney Hasselmann, the city’s marketing manager, said the ordinance still needs authorization from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Approval could take from two weeks to two months.

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