As it stands, a developer presents a building or public works project to the city Planning Commission. If the commission approves the project, the City Council decides whether to allow the project to go forward.
This way of doing things is reactive, Inman said.
Instead of a developer presenting a project to the city, Inman would like to "design a plan by which the city defines what kind of facilities we want and where we want them."
The plan he is working on would coordinate infrastructure such as parks, roads, schools and medical services with any new building project to avoid growth issues that have plagued other cities.
The proposal for the regional growth plan will be presented to the City Council at its April 3 meeting, Inman said.
This will allow the council to make revisions and add input before the plan is complete.
"At this juncture in the city's growth it is time to plan effectively for the kind of city whose quality-of-life is attractive to residents, prospective residents and the business community for years to come," Inman said. "There is no greater legacy."
David Coup of the Calexico-based Coup/Smith/Diaz architect firm supports Inman's efforts.
"It has not always been the case in Calexico that there is a unified and well-coordinated effort from both staff and the City Council when working with developers," Coup said this morning.
Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.