The town of Hilton Head is streamlining its process for getting permits for commercial development in an effort that's meant to spur investment.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported ( http://bit.ly/qV01Xq) that town staff has worked for six months to simplify commercial permitting after gathering input from more than 60 people, including architects, land planners, attorneys and developers.
Teri Lewis, who oversees enforcement of the town's land-management ordinance, said the changes complement work by a separate committee that's rewriting zoning and land-use regulations, with the hope of spurring redevelopment. The town's regulations were formed to slow rapid growth in the 1990s, but now block investment, committee members have said.
Town officials hope changes in permitting and regulations will entice wary developers and businesses to take another look at Hilton Head and dust off plans that were put aside during the recession
Todd Theodore of landscape architectural firm Wood + Partners is among those who hopes the changes to the permitting process will make redevelopment easier, faster and more predictable.