June 2015, Razavi Application Developers, Inc. rolled out Accela for the City of Columbus, Ohio. More than 700 Employees of the Columbus Department of Public Service (DPS) provide a variety of basic services that maintain and improve the City of Columbus residents' traveling safety, quality of life and supports the economic development of the city. DPS needed an efficient and automated way to manage the right-of-way permits and leases along the 6,300 lane-miles of roadways, bridges, and sidewalks. Razavi implemented 17 different permit types for excavation, occupancy, construction, and pass through.
Razavi implemented a Right of way Permits module for the City's Accela Land Management Solution. Twenty four (24) record types were developed to automate the following categories of Permits:
- Excavation permits involving construction/reconstruction and requiring compliance with approved plans and restoration of the original conditions.
- Cafe eating, Banners & Site Amenities Permits
- Occupancy permits allowing the use and occupation of public right-of-way for a variety of durations from a few days to perpetual leases.
- Construction or reconstruction of sidewalk or driveway infrastructure in the right-of-way.
- Over-size loads traversing right-of-way and needing special routing or removal of assets to complete their journey.
- Valet Parking Permits
This new solution for the Department of Public Services is an enterprise approach for the City by bringing permits for activities in the public right of way into the Accela Civic Platform. This has enabled the Department of Public Servives to increase their efficiency through collaborative reviews, enhanced reporting and increased access across multiple departments and distribution of permit applications.