Menifee developers and builders who were invited to attend a virtual stakeholder workshop learned that although the city hall remains closed due to the coronavirus, all the city community development departments, including building and engineering, remain open through the electronic media.
The city, which did not want to impede ongoing development projects, opened its virtual City Hall “Zero Stop Shop” for the development community in April and began conducting a series of workshops, the latest held Tuesday, April 28, to keep the developers and builders updated on the methods they can still forward their project design, public safety addendums, engineering specifications and permit requests to the city departments and how to pay their fees.
Cheryl Kitzrow, director of Community Development for Menifee, conducted the virtual workshop, telling the participants that 75% of the community development department is working remotely responding to building and safety applications and permit requests.
“I just want the business community to know, it’s business as usual in the city,” Kitzrow said. “We are still here for you.”
She added city staff will not be doing any interior inspections of occupied homes until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
She said even though all walk-in services are suspended, electronic submittals may be accepted at planning_submittals@cityof menifee.us. If hard copies are required, they will only be accepted by mail and be processed electronically. Hard copy documents, like mylars, may be dropped in the city hall mail slot with those being placed in quarantine for three days before being processed or reviewed.
Zoning questions may be answered by phone at 951-723-3745 or by sending to rbrown@cityof menifee.us.
Also attending the workshop were: Jonathan G Smith, public works director; Armando Villa, city manager; Jeff Wyman, assistant city manager; Rochelle Clayton, deputy city manager; Gina Gonzales, economic development director, Tony LoPiccolo, president and CEO of the Menifee Chamber of Commerce and members of the development community.
Other virtual workshops will be announced through emails or on the city website https://www.cityofmenifee.us/virtualcityhall.
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