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City Council approves changes to reduce regulation, speed up permitting
ANAHEIM, CA - (May 30, 2012) - On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council approved several measures designed to make it easier to create and run a business in Anaheim. The changes, recommended last December by the Anaheim Regulatory Relief Task Force, will reduce the number of permits required by local businesses, from operating permits to parking variances.
“It is a good day when government moves to eliminate rules that impede, rather than encourage, job creation and economic growth,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “The elimination of these permits and the increase of staff flexibility will make Anaheim continue to be one of the most attractive places to do business.”
The Mayor’s Regulatory Relief Task Force released recommendations last December on ways to make it easier to do business in Anaheim by reducing compliance time, reducing cost and increasing certainty. This is the first of several code amendments needed to implement the Regulatory Relief Task Force findings. The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed Code Amendment at its March 26 meeting and unanimously recommended City Council approval of the proposed changes.
The code amendment addressed the following issues:
Reducing the Need for Conditional Use Permits
The Task Force identified 16 land uses that are conditionally permitted but typically approved with a set of standard conditions of approval. For example, veterinary clinics are often approved by the Planning Commission with the same conditions applied to each clinic. These conditions are intended to minimize potential impacts to neighboring properties. By allowing these businesses by right, and incorporating the conditions of approval into the Municipal Code as development standards, someone wishing to start or expand a business in Anaheim would be able to do so without the time and cost of a Planning Commission hearing, and potential impacts to adjacent properties would still be addressed. The same approach was used for other uses such as small markets, tutoring facilities and outdoor storage yards.
Reducing the Need for Parking Variances
Reducing Regulatory Permits
Background on the Anaheim Regulatory Relief Task Force
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