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Boca Raton could expedite development reviews

City leaders introduce plan to streamline approval process for projects
July 28, 2014 10:30AM

Glenn Gromann

Glenn Gromann

Boca Raton leaders are devising a plan to help the city shed its reputation for being extremely slow to approve developments, particularly when dealing with proposed downtown projects.

City officials and members of the Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee introduced a plan for streamlined development reviews last week. If adopted, the plan would eliminate as much as 10 weeks of reviews by getting rid of some steps for larger developments and expediting smaller projects. Proponents say that in addition to saving developers substantial money, the faster review process would get tax revenue into the city’s coffers much sooner.

Under the existing format, projects proposed in downtown Boca must get the approval of city staff members and be reviewed by up to three citizen boards before reaching the City Council, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

“This is the Internet age, technology is moving us forward,” Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee chairman Glenn Gromann said. Gromann noted the committee has worked on the streamlining plan for four years. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis