Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez today hosted a roundtable on Streamlining the County's Permitting Process with city managers and building managers from municipalities around the County. The roundtable, which took place at History Miami, allowed the County's team in charge of regulations and permitting to listen to the concerns presented by municipalities.
"Today's meeting is an important step for our County team to hear from city leaders on how we can better attract jobs and cut the red tape that hinders growth in our community. Working together we can expedite our permitting process and eliminate outdated regulations, thereby reorganizing our government into a streamlined, customer-friendly organization. In the near future, I will be hosting another meeting with city mayors to discuss proposed improvements resulting from today's meeting," said Mayor Gimenez.
The roundtable is the continuation of an effort began by the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade to improve the zoning process and help expedite the development process. The first meeting was hosted at the Palmetto Bay Village Center on February 8, 2012, with the mayors and city officials from Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay in attendance.
Attending the meeting today were a number of city officials from many Miami-Dade County municipalities. Joining Mayor Gimenez in leading the discussion was Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt who oversees the Department of Sustainability, Planning and Economic Development as well as the Department of Permitting, Environment and Regulatory Affairs. The general consensus of those present was that it was a very productive meeting.
"We greatly appreciate the Mayor's efforts to drive this process forward and stand by to provide our total support," said Steven J. Alexander, Town Manager for the Town of Cutler Bay, who also attended the first meeting hosted by the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade.