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Board of Supervisors to streamline planning and land use

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors wants to overhaul the planning department, with more than one member saying it is mired in inefficiency.

Board Chairman Bill Horn said the Red Tape Reduction Task Force will review the Department of Planning and Land Use operations, hold public meetings about how to improve it and suggest fixes by the end of this year.

Though the department oversees the General Plan Update, the hotly contested zoning and growth plan for the back-country would be unaffected, Horn said.

"This is not about land use - it's about the process," Horn said. "We want to streamline the process, make it economical, and get through the process faster."

Supervisor Ron Roberts said the county has fallen behind other cities.

"I hate to use the city of San Diego as an example, but they have done and are doing a better job in this area," he said. "We're trying to improve a process that I think stinks."

Supervisor Greg Cox agreed that the land use department's efficiency needs to be improved.

"Time is money, and if you're living in a house when you're try to make repairs, it's extremely important to get them done in a timely manner," he said.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob said the land use department has made "some really good strides in improvement," but still needs more work.

"It's not all a bad news story," she said. "However, the department is not the best it can be. Let's cut through this red tape and take a real serious look at the process."

The supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to return within 30 days with a resolution to establish the task force, which they agreed would have seven to nine members, with one appointed by each supervisor and two to four more appointed by Horn and Roberts.

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