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This ordinance declares that water is a common resource for the residents of Barnstead and prohibits corporate withdrawals of water for resale without notice to the town, and town approval. Over the past several years, directors of global water corporations have been invading New England towns with the intention of leasing land, then announcing plans to pump, bottle and sell the water obtained through the leased land. When corporations takes large amounts of water from the area, the result is lowered water tables and dry wells, infiltration of pollutants or saltwater, and damage to wetlands.
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.
An ordinance which requires that proposed large retail developments undergo a community impact review and obtain a conditional use permit. The cost of all independent studies and investigations required to complete the review are to be paid by the developer.
This ordinance is a three strikes and you\\\\\\\'re out ordinance. It applies to all corporations that want to do business in the township, and also applies to corporations already doing business in the township. The ordinance prevents any corporation from doing business in the township if it has a history of consistent violations with regards to environmental regulations. Consistent violations, as defined by the Wayne Township Supervisors, is three violations over the past fifteen years. The term violations is broadly defined within the Ordinance, and includes Notices of Violation, court proceedings, and any violation of state, local, or federal statutory or regulatory law. Compliance violations include violations committed by the corporation, and the corporation\\\\\\\'s parent, subsidiaries, directors and offers and owners, and other corporations served by the directors and officers. If a corporation applies for any permit or permission from the township, that corporation is required to furnish these compliance histories if the township has reason to believe that the corporation has noncompliance history. This reason to believe is triggered by a citizen petition section, which allows Township residents to submit information to the Township to trigger the request. This requirement also applies to corporations already doing business in the Township -although this is a portion of the Ordinance that will probably be subjected to a legal challenge.
An ordinance which establishes Creative Portland, a non-profit corporation created to support Portland\'s creative/arts economy by implementing, facilitating, and administering programs which enhance creative opportunities in Portland and support art and artists.
An ordinance requiring large retailers operating in the city to pay a wage established in the ordinance and also to provide their employees benefits
This ordinance requires proposed large retail developments to undergo a community impact review and obtain a conditional use permit. The cost of all independent studies and investigations required to complete the review are to be paid by the developer.
An act which requires all proposals for retail stores in excess of 65,000 square feet to undergo an economic and community impact analysis. The analysis is to be conducted by a consultant chosen from a list of qualified consultants approved by the Brattleboro Development Review Board. The analysis must estimate the proposed big-box store\\\'s net impact on employment, the cost of providing public services to the store, the impact on surrounding property values, the extent to which the store\\\'s sales will come at the expense of existing retailers, and how much of its revenue will be redirected back into the local economy. Local officials may approve the big box store only if they conclude that it\\\' shall not adversely affect the Town\\\'s financial health and its ability to serve its residents as evidenced by the projected impact on the local economy.\\\'
An ordinance adopting a six-month moratorium on development of stores larger than 80,000 square feet. The city used the time to review the design, transportation, and other planning issues posed by big box retailers, and to make changes to its planning and zoning rules.