December 4, 2019
On December 3 at the City of Winnipeg Executive Policy Committee (EPC) Darryl Harrison, WCA Manager, Policy and Research, raised concerns about permit costs and red tape within the Planning, Property and Development Department.
Below is a graph which clearly shows dramatic increase in permit fees:
Over the past 10 years permit revenue has increased by 115% but the amount spent on delivering services has only increased by only 40%. This means approximately $8 million more is collected for permit services than is spent each year.
WCA can support increasing permit fees when it leads to improved services, but this is not what we are seeing.
Considering nine of the Top Ten Red Tape issues identified by the city originate from the Planning, Property and Development Department, it's clear there's a lot of work to be done.
The Red Tape Reduction report does not appear to take these red tape issues seriously and WCA wants to make sure solutions are found for these issues.
The tone of this report is not consistent with what appears to be the current view in the department. For example, WCA will be involved with a focus group at the department next week to address these issues but the report does not reflect that sentiment.
WCA told the EPC we would also like to see concrete actions and timeframes to address the Top Ten List of Red Tape Issues.
During the meeting, the members of the EPC voted to lay over the report for an additional 60 days to allow for the Planning, Property and Development Department to provide additional comment current activities and timelines associated with addressing Red Tape within the department.