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Independence becomes 17th participant in One Stop Shop program

Independence City Council and Planning and Development Services of Kenton County entered into an interlocal agreement recently that delegates the city’s zoning ordinance and property maintenance code administration to PDS; the agreement becomes effective on Monday, November 3rd. Independence is the 17th Kenton County jurisdiction (out of 20) to be part of PDS’ collaborative One Stop Shop program.

The program is built on PDS’ “critical mass” of professionals, providing economies of scale that are impossible for local jurisdictions to match and levels of service the local jurisdictions can’t afford.

The city is also opting to disband its own board of adjustment and code enforcement board in favor of participation in the Kenton County joint board of adjustment and Kenton County joint code enforcement board. These moves are expected to save the city even more public funds.

“We’re pleased to welcome Independence to the program,” said Dennis Gordon, FAICP, executive director. “Mayor Donna Yeager and City Administrator Chris Moriconi have talked with us over the past several weeks about the city’s priorities; we understand them clearly and intend to hit the ground running.”

Filing code enforcement complaints, seeking information about subsequent inspections, and searching for a property’s zoning classification is now one phone call away for Independence residents. PDS can be reached at 331.8980 between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday. A PDS code enforcement official will also be available part-time on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the city building for anyone from Independence and southern Kenton County who needs assistance.

Information in this regard is also available on the PDS website and the new One Stop Shop website.

“The One Stop Shop program has helped a number of cities increase service levels for their citizens and reduce costs since 2004. We’re looking forward to providing those benefits to Independence and its citizens,” concluded Gordon.