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This ordinance creates an open data policy for the City of New York. Open data means that the data generated by the government should be available to the public to the greatest extent possible over the Internet without license or registration and in a format that permits everyone to access and analyze it. The ordinance requires the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT) to promulgate open data standards. It requires all public data that City agencies make available on the Internet to be consolidated onto one centralized website in open data formats. In addition, the ordinance requires the web portal to include an online forum to solicit feedback from the public and to encourage public discussion on open data policies and public data set availability on the web portal.
An ordinance requiring that planned superstores complete an economic impact analysis before seeking approval for their projects, giving community members and elected officials more control over these development projects.
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 requiring that no single retail store (including, but not limited to, a retail establishment use as defined in Bennington's Land Use and Development Regulations) whether located in a single building, combination of buildings, single tenant space and/or combination of tenant spaces shall exceed 50,000 (fifty thousand) gross square feet of floor area in the aggregate, except that in the Planned Commercial District the limit shall be 75,000 gross square feet in the aggregate.
An ordinance which requires that proposed retail developments under 75,000 square feet, but larger than 15,000 square feet, 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 ordinance requiring new retail stores over 16,000 square feet to obtain a special permit, with approval hinging on whether they add to a balanced and diverse mix of downtown businesses. Specifically, a new store must demonstrate that it 1) adds a desired type of business, 2) contributes to an appropriate balance of local or non-local businesses, and 3)contributes to an 'appropriate balance of small, medium and large-sized businesses. In addition to enhancing the overall diversity of the downtown business district, the new store must be a 'good neighbor' and contribute to community life by becoming a member of a business or neighborhood organization, hiring local residents whenever possible, and participating in festivals and other events.
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.
This report explores disclosure practices for certain types of subsidies per locality and provides a grade for those programs based on the quality of company-specific disclosures. The report finds that two-thirds of the economic development subsidy programs run by the nation's largest cities and counties do not use the web to report which companies are receiving the tax breaks and other forms of financial assistance. Among the third of programs that do practice online transparency, most do so poorly, failing to disclose the dollar value of the subsidies. An even smaller number reveal key outcomes such as how many jobs were created.
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.'
This act, among other things: requires the online publication, preservation, and maintenance of certain information; requires the development of schedules for making information available to the public and indicating when information is updated; requires the city to establish a common Web page that will serve as the source for citywide and departmental activities related to this Local Open Government Directive; requires each city department to create a catalog of its public information; requires city website to allow for public feedback; requires each city department to respond to public feedback; requires the city to develop and publish an Open Government Plan that will describe how the each department will enhance and develop transparency, public participation, and collaboration; sets standards and a timeline for evaluation of directive completion; and requires the establishment of a working group that focuses on transparency, accountability, public participation, and collaboration within city government.