Phillips: Scottsdale small business reform is coming in new year

It is December in Scottsdale and while your City Council and staff are gearing up for a multitude of events this winter season, I want to let you know about some positives happening down at Drinkwater Lane.

Guy Phillips

Guy Phillips

Before hosting Small Business Saturday in Oldtown, I met with our City Manager Fritz Behring to discuss small business reform for Scottsdale.

Having been a general contractor and involved with residential as well as light commercial T/I’s for the past 20 years I fully understand the permit and regulation process in Scottsdale. While our staff is competent and strives to maintain a high degree of efficiency, there are many areas where Scottsdale is still lagging behind.

We are looking for innovative ways to speed up the permitting, scheduling, and inspection process, including an App to schedule inspections and time of inspection, which will save contractors and homeowners countless hours of idle time waiting for the inspector to show up.

Pre-certification is also on the table, which will save thousands of dollars and hours for contractors, business and homeowners from the long wait for engineering, only to have your prints redlined and having to resubmit.

My hope is to cut the permit time in half or better. I will let you know how that turns out! I have a list of 20 items we are working on that should allow small business to overcome the red tape and get their business up and running sooner and cheaper.

The museum of the West is nearing completion after 30 years of planning and will be a boon to downtown, bringing a new attraction for tourists and residents alike. Of course, Westworld has been completed as well and now allows events 365 days a year.

I can also point out the pitfalls and bad decisions that will leave Scottsdale in a compromising position, but that is for a later time.

For now I would like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and know that I will continue to fight for your quality of life in the coming months.

Editor’s note: Mr. Phillips is vice mayor of the city of Scottsdale

Editor's Note: Mr. Phillips is a member of Scottsdale City Council.

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