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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.

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Dennis March 1, 2012 @ 2:03 p.m.

Dorian, can you tell us what the vote was? Which Sup's voted for & against, if any? Ms. Jacob was at a Community Council meeting just last week saying she was opposed.

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Visduh March 2, 2012 @ 8:05 a.m.

For many people with an interest in seeing local desires incorporated in such decisions, this proposal spells the end to that. So, why do the supes propose to eliminate or disempower the local planning groups? Well, by setting up those groups, the supes ceded a great deal of power, and with a few of them being power mad now, they would like to reclaim that power. If you're looking for reasons, look at the money. There are only five supes to influence, and money talks, either as campaign contributions or under-the-table deals. The five little kings/queens have a great deal of say-so over many aspects of our lives, and too little accountability. This should make them more accountable at the ballot box, but I predict it would not.

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Dorian Hargrove March 2, 2012 @ 8:31 a.m.

Hi Dennis, Jacob, Slater-Price, and Cox have said they will not vote to dissolve planning groups. The policy changes passed during Wednesday's meeting were the ones that all supervisors agreed on. None, however, dealt with planning groups. That will occur on the 28th. Thanks!

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