The state has launched a new program aimed at speeding up commercial and industrial projects throughout California.
Officials of California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency said Wednesday that the new Site Certification Program allows local governments statewide to register commercial or industrial sites that are “project ready” and market them as locations for new business investment and expansion.
In a nutshell, the program aims to hasten commercial and industrial business site selection, planning and development.
The sites will be featured on the state Department of Real Estate’s Web site.
“By streamlining and facilitating the site-selection process in California, we can help stimulate regional business expansion and attract new investment as the current economic situation improves in communities large and small,” said agency Secretary Dale E. Bonner.
Under the program, sites will be certified by the Real Estate Department, which will review each one to make sure it meets specific criteria. For example, sites on the list must be designated for industrial or commercial use, have utilities and adequate transportation facilities for trucks, and be outside both FEMA’s 100-year and 500-year floodplains.
Chris Neri, the department’s assistant commissioner for subdivisions, said Wednesday that having support of local permitting authorities is key.
“The primary benefit in my mind is that local government is on board with the development of the site,” he said. “Really, there was no process like this before, so you have to give credit to the state for this.”
The Real Estate Department already has approved sites in Redding, Apple Valley in San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
“This is a great way of recognizing the forward-thinking communities that invest in the future of their economy by providing certified sites that are ready for business,” said Wayne Schell, president and CEO of the Sacramento-based California Association for Local Economic Development.
More details can be viewed at www.dre.ca.gov/ind_certified_sites.html.