Burbank's aim to simplify zoning regulations for business will be a nightmare for mom-and-pop commercial property owners. City staff maintains these changes will streamline the approval process, but in reality it will chase away expanding business that hires locals. It will send a clear message to small business looking to start in Burbank that says “Go to Glendale.”

City changes will result in conditional use permits that cost as much a $1,860 and can take six months to complete. No small business can afford to pay such fees or wait six months. Despite repeated requests to extend a timeline to allow input from these owners, the city is moving ahead. This clearly illustrates the city's lack of concern for small commercial property owners. Whatever the reason, the city's attempt at business eugenics is counter to smart business or good planning.

Darin Chase

Burbank