What Does the Department of Development Services Do Anyway?

By , November 21, 2012 7:53 am

It’s often assumed by those in City Hall that everyone understands how to access services funded largely by our tax dollars, but for the average resident, the workings of City Hall can seem mysterious. If it has been decades since one sat in a U.S. Government and Politics class, the chances of remembering exactly who is responsible for what are slim.

Hartford 2000 will be sponsoring a program in which residents learn about the divisions (Economic Development, Planning, Housing & Property Management, Licenses & Inspections, and Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs) of Development Services and meet the new Director of Development Services, Thomas Deller.

The event in the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library will explain how the City enforces permitting and zoning, inspects houses and buildings, provides financing for housing construction, rehab, and purchase, and more. 

Light refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. This is a free event; no rsvp is required.

2 Responses to “What Does the Department of Development Services Do Anyway?”

  1. Jim C says:

    Thanks for the heads up. Over the years I have dealt with getting permits for dances, concerts and a fiddle concert in city parks. It is not a user-friendly experience. And some city workers are a little more helpful than others.

    • I’ve run into City employees over the years who believe everyone already understands everything about all processes. Um, just because *you* deal with something day in and day out doesn’t mean everyone understands, especially if the average person might only try to get a permit for something once a year (or far less) and forget what they needed to do.

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