The Business Liaison acts as the central point of contact for development projects, opening the lines of communication and offering solutions to issues or conflicting regulations, and will follow the project through to completion. The Business Liaison will facilitate communication between project applicants and City staff, and allow for a coordinated and efficient movement of applications between departments. This position reports to the City Planner until decisions regarding the formation of an economic development division or department are made.
Projects meeting any one of the following criteria fall under the purview of the Business Liaison:
Private nonresidential or mixed-use development projects (new, remodel, addition) requiring a building permit and located on State Street, between Gutierrez Street and Sola Street.
Any improvement that requires a building permit and involves a hotel, large grocery store, or auto dealership.
Other projects, as directed by the Community Development Director.
In addition to being the initial point of contact, the Business Liaison serves to assist applicants in understanding the City’s requirements, which will enable them to submit complete applications and avoid possible delays; work as a liaison between City divisions, including Planning, Building and Safety, Transportation Planning, Engineering, Environmental Services, Creeks, City Attorney, and Fire Prevention, and others as needed from application submittal through permit plan check; and, facilitate communication and positive working relationships.
This appointment is part of a larger effort now underway by the City Administrator to develop and staff an Economic Development Program for the City of Santa Barbara.