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Fort Wayne Area Hopes to be ‘More Welcoming’ to Business

October 4th, 2012

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October 4, 2012

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Allen County and City of Fort Wayne leaders today provided a progress report on streamlining the land-use permitting process. Today’s update is part of the on-going effort in joint permitting to promote and enhance business relationships and economic development opportunities.

Efforts to streamline processes are led by the Joint Permitting Oversight Board. Members include Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, Allen County Council members Larry Brown and Roy Buskirk, Fort Wayne City Council members Russ Jehl and Tom Smith, and Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Mark Becker.

Objectives of the program include:

*Simplify and speed up processes
*Jumpstart the use of technology
*Streamline approvals
*Provide a one-stop shop for permitting information
*Strive to clarify and align rules and regulations

A key area of focus is technology. This includes the Fort Wayne-Allen County Site Development Portal,, which serves as a clearinghouse for information on site development permitting and allows for applying for permits online, among other things. This portal places all essential information in one, easy-to-access location and reflects best practices. A link to the portal is available at and

The portal is currently being used by Public Works, Right of Way, Building Department, and Department of Planning Services. Additional departments and services will be added in the future. Board members thanked County and City department leaders who have been instrumental in making enhancements to the permitting process possible.

The process to streamline land-use permitting began in March 2011. To date, $543,113 has been spent on the project.

Education sessions for the business community and general public will be held Monday, Oct. 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Omni Room at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.; and Monday, Oct. 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, 826 Ewing St. Each session will present the same information. One or more of the sessions will be provided by webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Site Development Portal for those who miss the training sessions or who want to reference it later.

Source: City of Fort Wayne