"Spying on the neighbors again, dear?"
Pursuant to yesterday's post about the new construction on the lot down the hill, Mrs Elliott and I did a little exploration.
Over on the Bend Economy Bulletin Board I asked whether one could access city construction permits records, and bendbb kindly replied,
You can search by address through monthly/yearly lists of permits here ...Which is an awesome tool. Using it, we learned that the lot just got approval for a single-family residence with attached garage, and that the owner is the contractor.
or you can use the interactive mapping application here ...
The map interface takes a while to get used to (it isn't as intuitive as Google Maps), but has access to lots of historical data.
Mrs Elliott wasn't too happy about this. "I hope it doesn't block our view," she said. "We might have to plant a small tree so we're not looking into their windows. How tall will the house be?"
Another project. The city has added something called e-Plans which allows one to view plans online. I have a call into the city to obtain a password to access the file.
Yes, okay. We're spying on the neighbors.