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This ordinance; mandates certain percentage of set-asides for affordable units for each projects receiving major public subsidies; provides for extra cash subsidies, exemptions, waivers, and modifications in certain situations; allows for certain developments to apply for a density bonus if the project would not otherwise be economically feasible or if all the units are at or below a certain housing cost; and requires that development include at least 10% affordable units for developments with 30 or more units.
This ordinance requires that new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet specific energy performance standards. The ordinance creates energy performance standards for the areas of cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water heaters, and lighting. Homeowners should be provided with an owner\'s manual that includes information on the house\'s green features. The ordinance also establishes ventilation standards to limit people\'s exposure to contaminants. In addition, the ordinance creates a plan to divert construction, demolition, and land clearing materials from landfill disposal by requiring the waste to be salvaged, reused, or recycled.
This ordinance requires that new commercial and residential buildings or \'substantially improved\' buildings to meet specific energy performance standards. The ordinance requires commercial and high rise residential structures between 10,000 and 50,000 square feet to meet basic LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, buildings equal to or larger than 50,000 square feet must meet the LEED Silver certification.
This ordinance specifies forest mitigation requirements and establishes protections for local forest resources. This ordinance also establishes forest resource easement programs whereby developers may set aside or otherwise sell as credit unused forestry easements to other developers.
The ordinance prohibits extraction of natural gas from new wells; and prohibits utilizing new extraction methods on pre-existing wells.
The law explains the election of Mayor and councilmembers of Takoma Park by Ranked Choice Voting.
This ordinance enacts a temporary moratorium on big box store applications and hearings to allow time for residents and town officials to consider the impacts of large-scale retail and amends the town zoning law accordingly.
This ordinance prohibits retail stores larger than 65,000 square feet and bars the Board of Zoning Appeals from granting a variance to allow a larger store. The rules also require retail stores in excess of 25,000 square feet to obtain a permit from the Council.
This report lays out 29 priority goals of the Baltimore Sustainability Plan within seven theme chapters: Cleanliness, Pollution Prevention, Resource Conservation, Greening, Transportation, Education and Awareness, and Green Economy. Each of the 29 goals is accompanied by a set of recommended strategies. The Cleanliness chapter includes goals addressing litter, maintenance, and vacant lots, recognizing that the upkeep of a city acts as an indicator of its overall health. Goals in the Pollution Prevention chapter directly address public health with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water quality, hazardous materials, and health of indoor environments. The Resource Conservation chapter addresses the efficient use of energy, water, and materials. The Greening chapter underscores the importance of the City\'s living infrastructure with goals targeting trees, sustainable food systems, recreational space, and ecological health. Transportation goals offer ways to reduce dependence on automobiles through improving public transportation, making Baltimore more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, facilitating shared vehicle usage, improving transportation equity, and increasing funding for sustainable transportation. Goals in the Education & Awareness chapter address green schools, youth involvement, community environmental awareness, and informational resources. The final chapter, Green Economy, articulates goals around creating and training for green jobs, supporting green and local business, and increasing Baltimore\'s green profile nationally.
This ordinance extends the registration requirements for non-owner-occupied dwelling units to encompass vacant structures; modifies the information required for registration statements; modifies the fees for registration; modifies or repeals certain registration fee exceptions; modifies the civil penalty for violation of these registration requirements; repeals the license fee for multiple-family dwellings and rooming houses; creates provisions relating to the registration of non-owner- occupied dwellings and vacant structures and to the licensing of multiple-family dwellings and rooming houses.