From the Mayor's Desk
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In July Caldwell leaders announced a new partnership between it, Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency and downtown business owners called the Framework Master Plan Sub-Committee. The Framework Sub-committee exists under the auspices of the Indian Creek Steering Committee and consists of 5 city staff, one of whom is also Chairman of the Urban Renewal Board, over 9 business owners and a Caldwell Chamber of Commerce representative. The sub-committee’s purpose is to revamp and refine the existing basic framework master plan for downtown Caldwell to include recommendations on how the City and CEURA spends it economic development dollars. Specifically, sub-committee members will develop a tactical plan, complete with precise deadlines, prioritization and cost estimates for recommended projects.
The sub-committee is also soliciting input from all downtown business owners and will use the survey results to guide its work. Once that work is complete, the sub-committee will report to the Indian Creek Steering Committee, who will review the recommendations and revised Framework Master Plan and then report to the City Council and CEURA Board
When sub-committee meetings began, existing and new businesses expressed extreme unhappiness with the city permitting process. In order for Caldwell to attract new businesses and growth, we need to be 100% on top of our game, ready to assist the development community any way we can while adhering to our policies and ordinances meant to protect public health and safety. We can and will do better. With the downturn in the economy, this is the perfect time for us to evaluate and revise our process.
With that in mind, we are in the early stages of creating a new marketing plan for new and existing businesses; a restructuring of the permitting process for building permits and construction plans for subdivisions. A group of city employees, led by a successful businessman with structural reorganization experience, will meet regularly between now and spring to form a “new attitude” for city employees within the Development Services building.
This group is tasked with recommending changes to me and City Council. Nothing is off the table, including restructuring of departments and responsibilities, deletion of the number of steps required, personnel changes or shifting and a focus on consistency and efficiency. Above all, the goal is to substantially improve the way we serve our customers. The first obvious step is to review the current permitting process and that’s where this restructuring committee has initially directed its focus. The next step is then to look for improvements.
City Council and I welcome involvement from the business and development community and seek honest detailed input from stakeholders. Please contact my office if you want to learn more about the steps we are taking to better serve our customers. Together with your help and ideas we can transform Caldwell from the “Treasure of the Valley” to the “Treasure of Idaho.”