OneZone forms Red Tape Committee to look at ‘better ways to do business’


OneZone, the combined chambers of commerce of Carmel and Fishers, announced that the organization has formed the Red Tape Committee to see what can be done to streamline the government approval process in Carmel.

Carmel City Councilors Jeff Worrell and Sue Finkam will collaborate with the committee members to get feedback on issues that might slow down development.

“We are trying to find better ways to do business, not just easier ways,” Worrell said.

Worrell noted that it’s a balancing act, trying to cut down inefficiencies while still maintaining transparency and time for public input.

Mo Merhoff, president of OneZone, said there are some simple ways to make things easier. She said there might be ways that business, the Carmel Plan Commission and the Carmel City Council work better and more quickly. She pointed to examples where someone had to go through a process more than once for no real reason due to a miscommunication or procedural problem.

Worrell noted one example of improvement in regards to communication. He said neighbors are often notified of a public hearing using certified mail, which can be costly for developers and not always effective. Sometimes, people do not even pick up their certified mail.

“We just want Carmel to continue to be a great place to do business,” Merhoff said. “It’s always good to get people together to share ideas.”

At this time, the names of the Red Tape Committee members have not been made public. Merhoff said when the committee has completed its findings; the names will be made public and the committee will be recognized.

“It is unfair for me to reveal the names of volunteers who’ve chosen to give generously of their time to affect change,” Merhoff said.

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