Business owners want permit streamlining |

Business owners want permit streamlining

Sara Thompson
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneBetty "B" Gorman, president of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, is reflected in a mirror as she lays out the evening's itinerary during a town hall forum held Thursday at the Tahoe Seasons Resort.

What if businesses could go to one place to receive all the forms they needed? That was one of numerous ideas businesspeople suggested to government officials Thursday at the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s town hall forum.

Officials who attended included South Lake Tahoe City Manager David Jinkens and Economic Development Manager Camden Collins, El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago, county Economic Development Officer Sam Driggers and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency spokeswoman Julie Regan.

Attendees at the forum said the whole permit and application process for a business can be exhausting and should be made easier.

“This is problem because of the hodgepodge of different businesses,” Collins said. Depending on the type of business, different licenses are required at state and local levels.

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The process should be streamlined with a one-stop shop with all the necessary forms, some suggested. Other topics of concern were walkways, affordable housing, infrastructure, transportation, parking and the parking garage.

A town hall forum with Douglas County officials will be held later in the year.

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