|October 20, 2021|
Reasons cited for backlogged land use permits
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Proposed construction permits are hitting a block wall in Riverside County as the demand from homeowners and business owners grows. Permits are being sought in such high numbers that the County can barely keep up with the people lining up at the Land Use counter.
In fact, with increasing staffing shortages (vacancies, transfers/promotions, retirements, COVID, burnouts and lack of qualified applicants), the backlog of permit seekers has grown to well over 400, County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said.
Significant hiring challenges are facing nearly every sector of public and private employment, as evidenced by the “Now Hiring” signs on nearly every restaurant and retail store. Even more alarming, according to Jeffries, are COVID restrictions, combined with increased retirements that have reportedly created hundreds of vacancies at Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol.
Story Date: September 30, 2021