Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Now you can search Idaho Falls site plans and building permits just like the pros

Screen shot of trakit.idahofallsidaho.gov/etrakit3/
I don’t know if a lot of you are interested, but I know there are some development geeks out there who need to know exactly what’s being built, everywhere all the time. Have I got news for you! It’s now easier than ever to stay abreast of things, in Idaho Falls at least. That’s because everything is now online and available to anyone with a computer and Internet access.

The site is trakit.idahofallsidaho.gov/etrakit3/, and it represents another inevitable bow to modernity.

Until recently, I would stop at the City of Idaho Falls Building Department office on Park Avenue once or twice a week to look at the white looseleaf binder where they recorded site plans. If I saw anything interesting — Home2 Suites, Panera Bread, Carl’s Jr., etc. — I would ask to see the plans themselves, sometimes shooting pictures of them with my phone, like James Bond.

I have to admit, it was exciting to know I was getting a scoop and that there would be lots of people interested. Besides that, it was nice to catch up with my friends: Brian, Reggie, Ken, Brad, Deb, etc.

Today, I don’t even know where to find the papers, but if I want to see what’s new I can go to trakit. If you want to try it, it's basically a matter of finding the right pull-down menu, which in this case is Project Search. Go to Search By and scroll down to Project Number. In the box to the right, enter SITE16- or just 16-, and it will give you a list of everything that has been filed since the first of the year.

I don't think I'm divulging any state secrets here. Whatever the case, now you know how I get some of the news I post. I don't know whether Ammon will be going to a system like this anytime soon, which means I'll be driving out to their office every week. They always seem so glad to see me.