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Creating a positive environment for economic development in West Linn is a city council priority, and in March of this year, the city council directed staff to commence a regulatory streamlining project.  by: SUBMITTED - Mike Jones

Termed the Cut the Red Tape Project, this regulatory streamlining project is a critical component of our economic development goal. The council understands that to truly make a difference in the economic climate of our community, we need to ensure that doing business in West Linn is transparent, understandable and efficient.

The city council met with the planning commission on April 1 to kick start this project. Then, on July 8, the city council received a detailed report from staff that included specific recommendations for consideration. The council provided guidance to staff on the Cut the Red Tape Project and on many of the individual initiatives proposed. 

The list of regulatory changes that the council requested staff prepare for our consideration is available online at westlinnoregon.gov/economicdevelopment/cut-red-tape. I invite you to review this list and learn more about how the proposed initiatives can make doing business in West Linn easier.

The next step in the process is planning commission review of the proposed initiatives and a planning commission recommendation to the council on the project. The council has directed the planning commission to take a deliberate but expedited review process so the council can move forward with further consideration of this important council goal. 

I believe it is critical to West Linn’s future to keep projects such as this on the timeline the council adopted as part of its goals in March. I encourage you to get involved and informed on this project as it moves forward through review and comment stages. Please contact our economic development director, Mr. Chris Kerr, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about the “Cut the Red Tape Project” or to schedule a time to meet with him to learn more.

Thank you for your continued support of West Linn’s focus on local economic development. Economic development is a key component to ensuring that our city remains the finest community in which to live, work, learn and play in Oregon.

Council President Mike Jones is a West Linn City Councilor.

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