Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, the government agency that reviews construction plans and inspects projects, has itself come under the review and inspection of Dena Diorio, county manager.
The Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, the Charlotte-based lobbying organization, implied it was due some credit for the manager’s actions in a blog post, saying the review “came on the heels of a series of letters from REBIC, the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.”
The REBIC letter, addressed to the Board of County Commissioners, alleges Code Enforcement is inefficient. That, the letter says, costs developers, owners and builders time and money.
Specifically, the letter says: Plan reviews and inspections are often inconsistent; inspection times are not aligned with project size; the permit-hold notification system needs improvement; and a cultural shift in the agency is needed to improve customer service.
Jim Bartl, director of Code Enforcement, said he was prohibited from commenting, and referred questions to the county public relations office, which also had nothing to say beyond what is already known.
The findings of the county manager’s review are expected to be released in late March or early April.