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New Task Force ready to show City is open for business

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October 27, 2015 - A new Planning Process Task Force aims to find new strategies to improve and streamline the planning and development approval process in Kawartha Lakes.

The new task force will be comprised of members of the public, Kawartha Conservation, City staff and Council members and industry stakeholders.

“There is a perception that the planning and development approval process at the City is confusing, cumbersome and slow,” explained Ward 9 Councillor Isaac Breadner. “We want to change that perception. We want to make it easy and painless for people to do business in Kawartha Lakes.”

Councillor Breadner and Ward 2 Councillor Emmett Yeo brought the idea of a task force forward to develop ways to accelerate growth.

CAO Ron Taylor said as part of the City’s ongoing Core Service Review the entire planning process and departmental structure is being reviewed.

“We absolutely want the planning approval process to be pro-active rather than re-active and I think this task force will fit in well with the review currently being undertaken,” he said. “With the completion of the Northwest Trunk earlier this year the City has the capacity to realize tremendous growth. Now we need to focus on establishing standards and requirements that are clear to the public to expedite and facilitate that growth.”

The new task force is expected to bring forward recommendations on strategies to improve the approval process for the public no later than the second quarter of 2016. The new task forces mandate will coincide with the review already underway in the department.

“We need to reduce the perception of the public and industry stakeholders that the City is difficult to work with,” said Coun. Breadner.

“I think this is a great opportunity to work together with our staff internally and with the public and our stakeholders to develop processes that represent best possible practices and efficient and effective building permit approvals,” added Mr. Taylor

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For more information please contact:

John Chambers
Communications Officer
705-324-9411 Ext. 1355
jchambers@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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