Oakland County Exec Announcing Plan To Attract New Biz

WATERFORD (WWJ) – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will detail a new plan to help bring more businesses to the area.

Patterson will announce, Thursday morning, that several cities have been selected to be so-called “One Stop Ready” communities. Patterson says the plan involves cutting red-tape and getting rid of old laws.

“Some of these statutes and some of these ordinances at the local level go back into the ’50’s. And things have changed, the whole idea of how we do business has changed,” says Patterson.

And Patterson adds that getting before various groups or other delays can make it a time consuming process – which the new plan could alleviate and give a boost to the local economy.

The overall goal he says, “Getting communities to update their statutes, their ordinances, get rid of the red tape so when there’s a business prospect, they can move quickly to bring them into their community.”

“So many times opportunities are lost because of delays and answering questions, or getting permits. So one by one we’re going to get our communities ready to move very, very quickly to grab a prospect and get them in business,” says Patterson.

The new pilot program is a project of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. The six communities involved will be Wixom, Lyon Township, Rochester, Waterford, Ferndale and Oxford.

  • Craig

    This sounds great as long as it is only addressing the obsolete ordinances and statutes that have not been updated in the past ten to twenty years. Where we need to be careful is that most local governmental boards and commissions have updated the ordinances and master plans for their township and cities. If they are forced to revise the ordinances and review process for the sole purpose of expediting the process then they could be removing critical public input and additional information gathering that could be required to make an accurate determination to apporove or deny the application.

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