CRDA hopes master plan streamlines development process

Live in the city. Work in the city. Play in the city.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority hopes its 50-page Tourism District Master Plan amendment means more people will do those things, said Lance Landgraf, director of planning for the authority.

The authority Monday held its first of two public hearings at the Atlantic City Convention Center as it looks to streamline its regulatory process and spur economic development in the city.

Over the years, the city and authority have been criticized for bureaucratic red tape. The plan proposes more permitted uses in zoning areas around the city, a move that officials hope will eliminate the need for hearings and cut down on bureaucracy. Under the amendment, new zones would allow mixed uses in the Southeast Inlet, art studios in the Ducktown section and retail development around the Atlantic City Expressway and its waterfront.

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