Progress on Process Reform
July 30, 2010 10:13 AM
This weekend a group of neighborhood associations and others are getting together to talk about how the Madison development process might be improved. That's great, and I'm looking forward to their ideas.
I have heard some concerns out there that somehow the discussion of process reform won't include neighborhood groups. That's far from the intent. The notion that that was the case probably stemmed from my mention in my State of the City speech that business and labor were offering up ideas. That never was intended to be exclusive of anybody else, but just a recognition that recommendations from those groups were already in the works and that, frankly, most of the criticism of our current process has come from those sectors. If neighborhoods also have ideas, we certainly want to hear them.
The city's Economic Development Commission is collecting thoughts from all parts of our community, and I've asked them to vet those ideas with the goal of issuing a report sometime in late summer or early fall. I'm open to any recommendations they might have. As I've said before in that same State of the City speech and in other venues, my goal is not to weaken our standards but to arrive at a process that is transparent, democratic, businesslike, predictable and expeditious.
So, I am happy that few people now say that our system can't be improved but instead they want their voice heard on how to improve it. Our job is to make sure that everybody who has thoughts on the subject gets their ideas fairly considered.