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  • Who can make the plans?

  • What needs to be on the plans?

  • What codes and standards does the building department use?

  • What is Redevelopment?

  • How long will it take?

  • What is a Redevelopment Agency?

  • Is there an expedited review process?

  • What can Redevelopment do?

  • What is a project area?

  • So when can I start building?

  • How is Redevelopment financed?

  • What are Traffic School & "Points"?

  • What will it cost me?

  • Can you tell me more about the plan review process?

  • How can I keep this ticket off my Driving Record?

  • What is Tax Increment?

  • Can I Resolve Matters Through the Prosecutor?

  • I have the permit now what?

  • Will property taxes be raised?

  • How are other jurisdictions affected by Tax Increment Financing?

  • How do I schedule an inspection and when are the inspections done?

  • What is an Arraignment?

  • What is a Pretrial Conference?

  • What do I need on the site for inspections?

  • What is Economic Development?

  • How are an Economic Development Plan and a Budget Plan adopted?

  • What’s the difference between Non-Mandatory Appearance Matters & Mandatory Appearance Matters?

  • Does the permit expire?

  • So what happens when I finish with all the inspections?

  • What are the procedures and rules for trial?

  • What happens after an Economic Development Plan and a Budget Plan are adopted?

  • How do I get started?

  • What are the possible Sentences and Punishments?

  • How does Community Development differ from Urban Development and Economic Development?

  • What types of work do I need a permit for?

  • Will any other agencies need to approve my building?

  • Can I discuss my case with the prosecutor before the hearing date?

  • Can I put concrete or asphalt in the park-strip?

  • Can the City Attorney's Office represent private citizens who do not have funds to hire an private attorney or give legal advice?

  • Do I need a permit to work in the Public Right of Way?

  • How do I apply for restitution?

  • How do I find out my court date?

  • How do I get my bond money back?

  • Should I report possible crimes or code violations to the City Attorney's Office?

  • What is "restitution"?

  • What is a "public defender?"

  • What is the 50 / 50 Program?

  • What is the difference between the City Attorney's Office and the City Prosecutor's Office?

  • What is the Public Right of way?

  • What type of bonds does the city accept?

  • Who does the City Attorney work for?

  • Who Maintains the Public Right Of Way?

  • Why can't I 'drop the charges' against someone who has committed a crime against me?