Businesses weigh their choices carefully, putting an emphasis on potential hosts’ efficiency in responding to relocation feelers.
Will a local government quickly produce a serious and balanced tax abatement package? Is local leadership on the same page in terms of a basic wish list for a community’s development? Will site development move smoothly or will it get lost in a thicket of bureaucracy?
On this last point, the McClellan Development Authority is wisely pushing a plan to put potential residents of the former fort on a fast track. If adopted, a process that can take weeks and months would be streamlined.
By setting up basic templates for building design, signage and landscaping, the city’s Planning Commission can serve as a one-stop shop for prospective clients.
What’s needed now is for the City Council to OK this fast-track process; it’s a matter to carefully consider and then rapidly approve.
Too much time has been wasted in developing McClellan. This common-sense idea by the MDA is a step in the right direction.