SHAPE PHX Contract Approval
Planning and Development (PDD) staff completed the procurement process and entered into a contract for implementation services and the purchase of associated software to replace PDD's land management applications, including Kiva, PlanWeb, and other supporting applications, some of which are decades old. The project, dubbed SHAPE PHX, will consolidate existing applications into one modern enterprise system that provides a single source for land management information. The new system will provide improved data quality, a better performing, fully supported and secure business application, opportunities to streamline processes and the ability to quickly adapt to changes. PDD's research has shown that organizations typically underestimate the costs, effort, and risks of Land Management and Permitting projects. Prior to contract award, PDD undertook a crucial Readiness Support Project comprised of three key initiatives to address project risks; Data Management & Conversion Planning, Organizational Change Management (OCM) Strategy Development, and Gap Analysis / Business Process Mapping.
Streamlined Plat Review process for Central AZ Homebuilders Association
Planning and Development (PDD) staff worked closely with representatives from several homebuilders and the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association to streamline and improve several aspects of the residential subdivision development process. The improvements came after staff began quarterly meetings with homebuilder representatives as part of continuous process improvement. This year, staff simplified the process by which builders can get started on grading and drainage (G and D) construction for projects while the final plat works its way through City Council approval. Based on staff audits and feedback from homebuilder representatives, PDD also created a new training curriculum on plat reviews for plan review staff and private-sector design professionals that has improved comments on plans and reduced confusion on the sequence of events for plat approvals. PDD also designated a single department point of contact for all G and D related questions.
Enhanced GIS Mapping for Public Zoning Information an\d Non-Permitted Construction Cases
Planning and Development (PDD) Information Systems staff collaborated with the PDD Village Planning team to develop a series of interactive, publicly accessible Annual Report Dashboard web mapping applications. One dashboard was created per Village, for a total of fifteen dashboards. The intent of the dashboard applications is to provide citizens with the ability to interactively view development activities within the past several years (2015-2018) across each Village. This information includes Zoning, Zoning Adjustment, Planning Hearing Officer cases, and permit data for each village. All dashboards are available to the public on the Village Planning web page (https://www.phoenix.gov/villages). In addition, the GIS team joined databases to produce geographical information for the Light Rail expansion project, non-permitted construction cases and others.