#405. Cost of RegulationPosted on
Last week that point was hammered home to me at our industrial real estate annual conference. For 15+ years I’m met with a small group of fellow industrial developers and have learned a great deal from them over that period of time. One of them, Ed Hulbert, is from the small town of Colusa, CA in northern California. He runs a farming and industrial park operation that is mostly aimed at food and energy related businesses.
Ed recently wanted to develop a boat ramp into the Sacramento River about ½ mile from Colusa, because the closest similar facility was about 30 miles away. Now, a boat ramp is essentially a concrete ramp that is about 30 feet wide and goes down to the water’s edge to allow boats to be loaded into the water. Building one is not exactly rocket science. However, the permitting of doing so is!
Ed started the process in January 2010 with an application to the local county. Since then he’s had to get permits from ten different (Federal, State and Local) organizations:
- U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- National Marine Fisheries Service
- California Department of Fish & Game
- California Regional Water Quality Control Board
- California Department of Water Resources
- California State Lands Commission
- Colusa County Planning Department
- Colusa County Public Works Department
- Colusa County Environmental Health Department
He HOPES….HOPES to get all approvals sometime in 2013, three years after his first application was submitted. And, we wonder why more businesses aren’t started?
What are you doing to make it easier, not harder, for new business formation in your town?