A monthly e-Newsletter from the Division of Planning and Development – June 2022

A Message from John Zeanah, Director

For the past 10 months, the Construction Code Enforcement building has been undergoing a renovation, affecting both customer and staff spaces. The South building, nearing completion in the next few weeks, features a revamped Service Center where staff are already serving about 20 customers per day, with the expectation of a steady increase over time. The new layout of the Service Center is intended to be welcoming for customers and to allow for easier interaction between customers and staff. Once work has concluded on the Administrative offices, the Department of Housing will move into the South building, and the Training department will move to the North building.

In addition to updates inside the building, Shelby County will soon begin work to install a solar array and 2 fast charging stations at the Construction Code Enforcement building. The solar array will have the capacity to power the entire building, and the fast charging stations will allow future fleet transition to electric vehicles. These charging stations will charge a vehicle in under an hour. The charging station will be located in the southeast corner of the building’s parking lot. In addition, the County’s selected vendor, PATH Company, LLC will install a second solar array that will power Shelby County Government’s East Data Center nearby.

Customer Training Sessions

A few spots are left for our remaining Develop 901 Citizen Portal customer training sessions. Over the past month, we have offered training to help customers better navigate our online permitting system. Please Click this link if you are interested in attending either of the last two sessions. You'll receive an email notification confirming your registration for the session(s) you are interested in attending.

June 2 – Building/Elevator Training

June 2 – Contractor Licensing: Building

Training sessions will cover topics geared to improve a user's ability to access and maneuver through the online Develop901 Portal. Topics will include creating and updating your Accela account, the "how-to's" of the Accela application process for permits and approvals, adding a licensed contractor, paying fees, submittal of plans, submitting plans corrections, and how to request inspections in the Develop901 Portal.

Planning and Implementation
Lead Hazard Reduction Program

Homes built before 1978 present a unique lead hazard risk to the adults and children who live and spend time within them. When children are exposed to lead paint, they are at-risk of becoming lead poisoned, which can affect their growth and development. The Shelby County Department of Housing (SCDH) Lead Hazard Control Program provides free assistance to homeowners, landlords, and renters who want to act proactively against the risk of lead-based paint hazards and who want to protect children from adverse health-related effects.

If you or someone you know lives in a home built before 1978 and also has a child or children (6 years or younger) who spend time in the home, then contact the SCDH Lead Hazard Control Program about a free lead inspection at (901) 222-7600. Eligible residents may receive free lead paint removal services. For more information about the program, visit this site.

Applications are now accepted online via the website Neighborly. Use this site to register and create a new account before beginning an application.

Staff Announcements

This week, Katrina Williams is joining the Department of Housing as a Loan Coordinator for the Down Payment Assistance Program, bringing almost a decade of mortgage and real estate experience with her.

Sheena Williams and Denesha Smith both joined the Land Use and Development Services department as Permit Technicians in May.

Tim Montgomery was recently promoted to the Chief Mechanical Inspector position for the Mechanical department in Construction Code Enforcement.

Last month, Executive Assistant Breana Miller was promoted to the position Administrative Services Specialist II – Outreach.

Upcoming Public Meetings
The Division has returned to holding in-person meetings. Meetings will still be broadcast live on the Division's YouTube channel.

6/9/22 – Land Use Control Board

6/22/22 – Board of Adjustment

6/23/22 – Landmarks Commission

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