The Prince William County Planning Office has made it easier for people to find out the status of development projects across the county. The Development Application Processing Schedule, or DAPS, has been around since the early 2000s, but it's recently been improved.
"It was 70 pages before," said David McGettigan, the county's long-range planning manager. "It was a little complicated to read through. We've gotten it down to 24 pages; and it's much more concise and easier to read."
While shorter and more concise, the schedule still shows whether projects are pending, under review, deferred, suspended, approved, withdrawn or dismissed. It also still contains a listing of all the rezonings, special-use permits and comprehensive plan amendments scheduled to come before the county's Planning Commission and the Board of County Supervisors.
In addition, the new DAPS includes the following improvements:
- Cases are not duplicated in different sections of the report.
- Cases are now sorted by status to easily discern where the case is in the process and all cases have the same columns of information.
- Only the primary GPIN is shown to reduce the report size by not listing every parcel in the application.
- All case types will remain on the report for 90 days after the final action before no longer being displayed.
- There are more embedded links to find out more about each project, as well as contact information for project managers for people interested in commenting on a given case.
DAPS allows people to see the status of a project from the time it is received by the Planning Office and then keep track of those projects as they proceed through the system, McGettigan said. "It's very up-to-date. It's automatically updated every night. They can see the application material and the plans that are being proposed. Agency comments on the case will also be available."
The schedule also shows a description of all the listed projects "They can go there and see the description of the case, how many units it is, when it's scheduled for a hearing or what the status of it is and find out more about it," McGettigan said.
The DAPS supplements postcards residents who live near a proposed project receive in the mail, as well as information on the white signs with red and black print posted at the site of proposed projects, McGettigan said.
The schedule is available on the department's webpage