September 16, 2014

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New task force to review county building process

Allison Wood | The Gazette

MEDINA — Government and business leaders have created a task force to address ways to streamline the planning and permit process to build in the county.

“We’ve never looked at how we processed everything through the system,” said County Commissioner Sharon Ray, who is a member of the task force. “We are looking for more efficient ways to handle this process.”

The idea for the task force came after Pride One Real Estate risked losing a loan due to processing delays, Ray said.

Earlier this year, the builder, who has a housing development project in Montville Township, needed to get a lot split approved in order to receive a loan, but there were delays in approval, she said. County employees worked late on a Friday to process the necessary paperwork so the loan could close on time, she said.

Pride One did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Ray said the task force also will address how the county’s building activity has shifted to commercial projects, which is a reversal from the heavy residential construction in previous years.

The task force will have its first meeting July 9. Along with county officials, the group will have representatives from the three cities, the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, and business representatives from Pride One Real Estate, Fechko Excavating, Cunningham and Associates and Simmons Brothers.

Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.