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NVCA wants to streamline the development process

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In Collingwood
Dec 4th, 2009
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Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin
On Monday, NVCA chief administrative officer Wayne Wilson and NVCA chair Walter Benotto presented a municipal streamlining agreement to councillors, noting it would made the development process easier for the NVCA, municipalities, and developers.
Wilson said it would be a “one-window approach” for developers, allowing municipal staff to pre-screen development applications to see whether it would be relevant for the NVCA to comment. Wilson said that would expedite the process for all concerned.
Councillor Kathy Jeffery wondered whether it would mean more work for municipal staff, but Wilson assured her the agreement would actually save time for both NVCA and municipal staff.
Chadwick asked if the reduction in time would mean a reduction in fees to the municipality; Wilson responded that it may, as it could have a bearing on staff levels at the NVCA and it could create some ‘efficiencies’. The conservation authority has been under budgetary constraints this year, and has cut back on an engineering position, and not filled another senior planning position.
Councillors will consider the agreement at a future meeting.

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