Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
County Proceeds With Effort To Streamline Planning Process
In an effort to expedite the planning process, County Supervisors are moving forward with recommendations from the Red Tape Reduction Task Force.
Some recommendations include creating an audit committee to make sure improvements are in place, and to foster a "sense of urgency" in county staff, as well as implement additional training and give project managers the authority to make some planning decisions.
Not all the task force recommendations, however, were implemented. Supervisors held off on those aimed at limiting the roles that community planning groups play in the permitting process as well as establishing term limits for members.
The recommendations were met with harsh opposition at a December 7 hearing. At the meeting, residents lashed out against the recommendations, accusing the task force and some supervisors of wanting to "muzzle" the community in an effort to spur new development projects. Residents claimed that there was little notification of meetings.
And, because of the backlash from many residents, the board directed staff to look into the recommendations and return on March 28 with a report.