Scottsdale Vice Mayor Guy Phillips is spearheading an effort to create a streamlined process for new and existing proprietors to navigate the municipal perils of getting a business or development off the ground within city limits.
Phillips, who says he has been in the construction business all of his professional life, contends it’s just too complicated and time-consuming for new and expanding businesses to obtain necessary permits in Scottsdale.
On average, it takes about 21 days for a new business to receive its approvals to move forward with permits that include building plans and tax and business licenses, city officials say.
Proposed changes include the creation of an ombudsman position at city hall and a smart phone application to help applicants along the permit highway to prosperity, city officials say.
Potential changes discussed include:
Comment from Rose Law Group Founder, President and Zoning Attorney Jordan Rose: “We saw how the commitment to making the development proceeds faster with set timeframes that provide certainty for applicants encouraged deveopment in Phoenix. This push for streamlining in Scottsdale is something to look forward to in 2015.”