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Posted on: April 22, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City of Sequim to Utilize the Lean Academy to Evaluate the Development Review Process

SEQUIM—Staff from the City of Sequim and Clallam County Fire District #3 will begin training with the free Lean Academy, offered by the Local Government Performance Center as part of the Washington State Auditor’s Office, at a workshop on May 16, 2016 from 9:00 3:00 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center. The workshop is the first of three phases to work with staff on evaluating the development review and permitting processes for buildings and land use within the Sequim city limits. Additional sessions will occur on August 22 and August 29 through September 2, 2016.

In 2014, the Sequim City Council adopted Core Values for Economic Development which included Predictability of City Regulations and Costs. The value states that the City will provide the development community with a review process that delivers accurate and concise information as it relates to development standards and the costs of development to ensure that Sequim remains an attractive municipality in which to invest capital. The City has identified a need to evaluate the current design review process to ensure that development decisions are predictable, fair, and cost effective through consistent policies and coordinated permitting processes.

The Lean Academy is a Management System that utilizes a set of principles and tools that help people learn to see and eliminate excess steps and processes following a methodology that is customer focused and employee driven. The goal of the training is to discover ways to do more with less while increasing productivity. The team will be guided to find improvement opportunities that are low or no cost and which can be implemented immediately. Typical outcomes of working with the Lean Academy include: increased capacity, improved quality, a map of the new process, and implementation plan, and a communications plan.

Please contact Assistant to the City Manager Joe Irvin at (360) 582-2457 or with questions.

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