GRID – LIFE SIMPLE FOR MUNICIPALITIES
GRID AS A TOOL FOR MUNICIPALITIES
The transition for a Municipality to GRID will be made Simple. GRID will allow Municipal employees to accomplish the following tasks:
New Subdivisions and Condominium Plans : through GRID, the planning process can be streamlined and the file status can be shared both internally (with colleagues and municipal consultants) and externally (with the owner and service professionals who are assisting in the process) – overcoming one of the major hurdles in the planning process, which is coordination. See MORE BELOW
Tax & Work Order Certificates: using the GRID platform, requests by lawyers and lenders for tax and work order certificates can be automated and the task can be off-loaded from busy employees in the tax and planning departments
Building Permits and Archived Information: the building permit process can be automated – and monitored – using GRID as a tool. Most importantly, the information can be archived and easily retrieved by municipal officials and by owners
Transition to New Owners: by its nature, Real Estate will experience, over time, many owners and lenders. The historical background of each property can be made available on-line, in a secure environment, freeing municipal employees from answering inquiries that can be easily handled by GRID’s library of information. This will also facilitate the heavy onus on Estate Executors and individuals administering real estate under Powers of Attorney. With an aging population, this constituency is a growing one.
Lowering Costs: municipalities (and their citizens) benefit from any reduction in costs or in time. Every reduction has wide-ranging benefits in addressing a critical problem in municipalities across the country with respect to Real Estate: Affordability.
And so much more…
GRID SIMPLIFIES PLANNING APPROVALS
Every day, every week, every month that elapses during the approval process adds to the cost of a project. Such costs are borne externally by Owners: interest carrying costs, consultant and legal fees, etc. Costs are also incurred internally by Municipalities: staff time and resources, foregone property taxes, etc. The delays have contributed to a climate where the affordability of homes has become a critical issue for many people.
GRID can accelerate the approval process for subdivisions and condominiums, providing an extra pair of hands for busy Municipal employees. Here are some of the ways that GRID can help:
Clear Map of Tasks: From the outset, each project is individually tracked in GRID, with clear, simple mapping of the steps to be completed – involving not just the Municipality but also all of the other Stakeholders and Service Providers that are impacted;
Benchmarking On-Going Progress: As each step is taken and progress is made, GRID’s management tools will assist Municipal staff, as well as Owners and their consultants, to note the completion process, in easy-to-follow incremental steps;
Communications Simplified: The need for multiple e-mails (copied to multiple parties) will be greatly reduced, relieving Municipal staff from constant rounds of communication. Owners are able to grant secure password-protected access to their professionals and consultants to access the status of applications;
Identifying Blockages: Through the transparency of the GRID platform, any pinch-points can be identified early and addressed promptly;
Minimizing Effects of Staff Turnover: The knowledge ramp-up for new employees, whether on the Municipality’s side or on the applicant’s side, can be immediate, by virtue of GRID’s platform being in a constantly up-to-date state; and
Permanent Archive for the Future: In one centralized location, for each project, digital copies of all related documents will be conveniently accessible – saving Municipalities enormous time and resources in responding to information requests from future owners or other interested parties. The paper chase will be eliminated.
Please take the time to view this Video, containing valuable context about GRID and its role in helping Municipalities and their staff.