News release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
New Business Expeditor Hired by Permitting Board
Colonial Development takes over project; Yoder chosen as ombudsman
(August 10, 2012) â€” The City-County Joint Oversight Permitting Board today announced that a new company has been hired to fill the role of ombudsman as Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne continue working to streamline their development permitting process.
The chairman of the permitting board, County Councilman Roy Buskirk, announced that Colonial Development, Inc. of Fort Wayne will begin work immediately.
Craig Yoder, vice-president with Colonial, was chosen by the firm to be in charge of the effort. Yoder worked for the City of Glendale, Arizona for five years and became involved with private development companies in Arizona and California before coming to Fort Wayne in 1993. His work with Colonial includes development of the Autumn Ridge and Cherry Hill Golf Courses.
Colonial Development replaces Abonmarche Consultants, Inc., which had been hired by the board this past May but withdrew from the project last month.
The ombudsman serves as a business expeditor, making it easier to obtain permits and move projects forward. The ombudsman assists developers through the permitting process, including some of the complex projects that may have to go through as many as 20 different City and County departments to secure the proper permits.
Other members of the joint permitting board are County Commissioner Nelson Peters, County Councilman Larry Brown, Fort Wayne City Council members Tom Smith and Russ Jehl, and Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Mark Becker.