There should be more flexibility on the part of city government that would allow reasonable flexibility when going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and certifications to do business or live in our city.  Each Department Director should have the discretionary power that would allow for reasonable accommodation, while still sticking to basic framework of that particular policy or standard.

I have spoken with a number of local business owners who have shared their “horror” stories regarding the exasperating hurdles they have had to jump over just to do business in our city.

Please let me be clear here, I am not anti-rules or regulations when it comes to making sure we have good, common-sense compliance in Rowlett.  Neither am I for opening up the flood gates and allowing any and all development to occur without good, solid-rules and regulations.

We need a better framework/process for attracting new businesses to our city.  Whether it’s true or not, our city has a reputation or at least a perception for not being “business friendly”.  We all know the old adage regarding “perception”.  It is true unless otherwise proven wrong, and thus far from the actions I’ve seen from our city government, they have not proven otherwise!

We must have practical, logical standards for which a prospective business or developer must comply, and if elected I will scrutinize plan for development to ensure it good for our city.  Whether one likes or dislikes the idea that Rowlett is growing, the truth is we are.  And, to mee the needs of that growth we must become a city that welcomes businesses (especially local).  If not, we will hinder growth and encourage would-be businesses to take their business elsewhere.

So, I can almost hear you say, “Mike, what would you do differently?”

I am glad you asked!

#1.  The first thing I would want to see happen is to conduct a complete Top-down and Bottom-up review of our existing rules and regulations with each City Director. The goal of the review would be to identity those areas where the language is either vague, unclear or simply too overburdening to either the citizen or the business owner.

#2. The second thing I would want to see happen is a recommitment to the need for complete transparency within each department and to make sure we drastically improve our communications to our citizens. Each department must be more intentional in their efforts to make sure a citizen, a business owner or a developer fully understands the process. Their goals should always be that “over-communicating” is always better than “under-communicating”.  When our citizens are better informed, they tend to have less complaints.

This is why I am running for City Council, Place 4.  I am a strong proponent of making sure that our rules and regulations are sensibly.

Mike4Rowlett

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Essential yes, but they need not be so cumbersome as to dissuade growth. That’s why I like the term “guard rails”.  They should serve as a guard to make sure developers are steered to the end-goal of compliance without the total frustration that many developers have had here in Rowlett.

There should be more flexibility on the part of city government that would allow reasonable flexibility when going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and certifications to do business or live in our city.  Each Department Director should have the discretionary power that would allow for reasonable accommodation, while still sticking to basic framework of that particular policy or standard.

I have spoken with a number of local business owners who have shared their “horror” stories regarding the exasperating hurdles they have had to jump over just to do business in our city.

Please let me be clear here, I am not anti-rules or regulations when it comes to making sure we have good, common-sense compliance in Rowlett.  Neither am I for opening up the flood gates and allowing any and all development to occur without good, solid-rules and regulations.

We need a better framework/process for attracting new businesses to our city.  Whether it’s true or not, our city has a reputation or at least a perception for not being “business friendly”.  We all know the old adage regarding “perception”.  It is true unless otherwise proven wrong, and thus far from the actions I’ve seen from our city government, they have not proven otherwise!

We must have practical, logical standards for which a prospective business or developer must comply, and if elected I will scrutinize plan for development to ensure it good for our city.  Whether one likes or dislikes the idea that Rowlett is growing, the truth is we are.  And, to mee the needs of that growth we must become a city that welcomes businesses (especially local).  If not, we will hinder growth and encourage would-be businesses to take their business elsewhere.

So, I can almost hear you say, “Mike, what would you do differently?”

I am glad you asked!

#1.  The first thing I would want to see happen is to conduct a complete Top-down and Bottom-up review of our existing rules and regulations with each City Director. The goal of the review would be to identity those areas where the language is either vague, unclear or simply too overburdening to either the citizen or the business owner.

#2. The second thing I would want to see happen is a recommitment to the need for complete transparency within each department and to make sure we drastically improve our communications to our citizens. Each department must be more intentional in their efforts to make sure a citizen, a business owner or a developer fully understands the process. Their goals should always be that “over-communicating” is always better than “under-communicating”.  When our citizens are better informed, they tend to have less complaints.

This is why I am running for City Council, Place 4.  I am a strong proponent of making sure that our rules and regulations are sensibly.

Mike4Rowlett

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Rules, regulations, standards, governance, etc. – It’s enough to make one’s head spin.  And yet, they are all not only important, but essential for our city. Our Essential Framework serves as the necessary guard rail in ensuring that development (whether residential homes or businesses) is done properly – from the initial permit requests , to the starting of slab work, to an approved occupancy certificate.

Essential yes, but they need not be so cumbersome as to dissuade growth. That’s why I like the term “guard rails”.  They should serve as a guard to make sure developers are steered to the end-goal of compliance without the total frustration that many developers have had here in Rowlett.

There should be more flexibility on the part of city government that would allow reasonable flexibility when going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and certifications to do business or live in our city.  Each Department Director should have the discretionary power that would allow for reasonable accommodation, while still sticking to basic framework of that particular policy or standard.

I have spoken with a number of local business owners who have shared their “horror” stories regarding the exasperating hurdles they have had to jump over just to do business in our city.

Please let me be clear here, I am not anti-rules or regulations when it comes to making sure we have good, common-sense compliance in Rowlett.  Neither am I for opening up the flood gates and allowing any and all development to occur without good, solid-rules and regulations.

We need a better framework/process for attracting new businesses to our city.  Whether it’s true or not, our city has a reputation or at least a perception for not being “business friendly”.  We all know the old adage regarding “perception”.  It is true unless otherwise proven wrong, and thus far from the actions I’ve seen from our city government, they have not proven otherwise!

We must have practical, logical standards for which a prospective business or developer must comply, and if elected I will scrutinize plan for development to ensure it good for our city.  Whether one likes or dislikes the idea that Rowlett is growing, the truth is we are.  And, to mee the needs of that growth we must become a city that welcomes businesses (especially local).  If not, we will hinder growth and encourage would-be businesses to take their business elsewhere.

So, I can almost hear you say, “Mike, what would you do differently?”

I am glad you asked!

#1.  The first thing I would want to see happen is to conduct a complete Top-down and Bottom-up review of our existing rules and regulations with each City Director. The goal of the review would be to identity those areas where the language is either vague, unclear or simply too overburdening to either the citizen or the business owner.

#2. The second thing I would want to see happen is a recommitment to the need for complete transparency within each department and to make sure we drastically improve our communications to our citizens. Each department must be more intentional in their efforts to make sure a citizen, a business owner or a developer fully understands the process. Their goals should always be that “over-communicating” is always better than “under-communicating”.  When our citizens are better informed, they tend to have less complaints.

This is why I am running for City Council, Place 4.  I am a strong proponent of making sure that our rules and regulations are sensibly.

Mike4Rowlett

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Rules, regulations, standards, governance, etc. – It’s enough to make one’s head spin.  And yet, they are all not only important, but essential for our city. Our Essential Framework serves as the necessary guard rail in ensuring that development (whether residential homes or businesses) is done properly – from the initial permit requests , to the starting of slab work, to an approved occupancy certificate.

Essential yes, but they need not be so cumbersome as to dissuade growth. That’s why I like the term “guard rails”.  They should serve as a guard to make sure developers are steered to the end-goal of compliance without the total frustration that many developers have had here in Rowlett.

There should be more flexibility on the part of city government that would allow reasonable flexibility when going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and certifications to do business or live in our city.  Each Department Director should have the discretionary power that would allow for reasonable accommodation, while still sticking to basic framework of that particular policy or standard.

I have spoken with a number of local business owners who have shared their “horror” stories regarding the exasperating hurdles they have had to jump over just to do business in our city.

Please let me be clear here, I am not anti-rules or regulations when it comes to making sure we have good, common-sense compliance in Rowlett.  Neither am I for opening up the flood gates and allowing any and all development to occur without good, solid-rules and regulations.

We need a better framework/process for attracting new businesses to our city.  Whether it’s true or not, our city has a reputation or at least a perception for not being “business friendly”.  We all know the old adage regarding “perception”.  It is true unless otherwise proven wrong, and thus far from the actions I’ve seen from our city government, they have not proven otherwise!

We must have practical, logical standards for which a prospective business or developer must comply, and if elected I will scrutinize plan for development to ensure it good for our city.  Whether one likes or dislikes the idea that Rowlett is growing, the truth is we are.  And, to mee the needs of that growth we must become a city that welcomes businesses (especially local).  If not, we will hinder growth and encourage would-be businesses to take their business elsewhere.

So, I can almost hear you say, “Mike, what would you do differently?”

I am glad you asked!

#1.  The first thing I would want to see happen is to conduct a complete Top-down and Bottom-up review of our existing rules and regulations with each City Director. The goal of the review would be to identity those areas where the language is either vague, unclear or simply too overburdening to either the citizen or the business owner.

#2. The second thing I would want to see happen is a recommitment to the need for complete transparency within each department and to make sure we drastically improve our communications to our citizens. Each department must be more intentional in their efforts to make sure a citizen, a business owner or a developer fully understands the process. Their goals should always be that “over-communicating” is always better than “under-communicating”.  When our citizens are better informed, they tend to have less complaints.

This is why I am running for City Council, Place 4.  I am a strong proponent of making sure that our rules and regulations are sensibly.

Mike4Rowlett