Texas state statute mandates that all subdivisions, regardless of plat stage, be before the planning/platting commission within 30 days of it's submittal, and, if according to each city's charter the plat also needs to go before the governing body, 30 days after the planning commission decision to the City Council. This is rather fast, in my opinion, and is generally business-friendly and works with most developers and their teams on addressing issues with their plans.
However, we are looking into possibly creating an official "Expedited Review" process that would cut that time practically in half (barring any idiot proposals or lack of progress as far as addressing issues). The expedited review would be an option on each subdivision application (i.e. check boxes for either expedited or standard reviews) and would have a higher application fee due to the added stresses it places on our staff.
My question is this: I am vaguely aware of such processes occurring with great frequency in places like California and North Carolina, and want to know how such a policy is implemented and how successful it's been. Do many people utilize it? With those that do choose to utilize expedited review, how many actually stick to their guns to address issues in the expedited review timeline? Does the policy actually work financially for a municipality? Has there been public input on the processes and what problems have been encountered and addressed?