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Reeve Wants to Be Business-Friendlier

Councilman says the many commissions and committees at City Hall are too cumbersome and has given San Juan Capistrano a bad rep.

To change the city’s bad rep among the business community, Councilman Derek Reeve would like to make the many commissions and committees at more business friendly.

He has scheduled the item for discussion at tonight’s City Council meeting.  The agenda item is merely titled, “Discussion Regarding Creating a Business Friendly Process by Reorganizing the City’s Commissions, Committees and Boards.”

Reeve wants to make the decision-making process, which often has  businesses and developers navigating a labyrinth of city commissions, more streamlined and “accountable,” he told Patch.

In his vision, businesses should be able to get in and out of the various application processes within three month, Reeve said.

“Everything should be on the table,” he said.

“San Juan regrettably has a well earned reputation as being a terrible location for private enterprise. It is the result of a number of factors, but the actions and inactions of some of the commissions are largely responsible,” Reeve said. “Business deserves timely answers to their application request[s].”

He hopes the council will appoint two members to join a few city staffers to sit down and figure out how the process can work more smoothly.

The council has 10 commissions and committees, including:

  • Planning Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
  • Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Housing Advisory Committee
  • Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Commission
  • Open Space, Trails and Equestiran Commission
  • Transportation Commission
  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Utilities Commission

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto in San Juan Capistrano.

Matt Gaffney April 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
The problem isn't the Commissions it's trying to navigate the maze that is city staff.
Frank E. April 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Those arrogant commissioners with their trails and open space parks think San Juan is different from Irvine. We need more shopping centers and gas stations and In-N-Out. Thank you Mr. Reeve.
Matt Gaffney April 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Frank, it's not the commissions that hold things up. It's staff, try navigating that maze sometime.
SJC Fan April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Matt: I don't know Frank but I think it was a "tongue in cheek" comment.
Matt Gaffney April 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I stand corrected.

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