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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source City of Boston
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
The City of Boston provided a concise guide and checklist for small business owners to navigate the permitting process and the Boston Business Hub. It covers various permitting and licensing requirements for different business types, including zoning, building, fire, health, and entertainment...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report highlights policy mechanisms that state and local governments can use to raise wages at an industry or sectoral level and to support worker organizations. Recommendations include, but are not limited to, using wage boards to establish industry-wide pay standards, partnering...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
Regulation and government programs are supposed to protect the consumers, but too often, they favor big, incumbent businesses at the expense of small consumers and small businesses. A permit fee that is the same for one house or a hundred will fall a hundred times harder on the builder...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Review
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Mixed-use, high-density development produces greater revenues per acre than low-density patterns. This report highlights how suburban areas generate less tax revenue than urban areas but incur higher public costs and consume more land. It recommends that municipalities reinvest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Vermont
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Public Safety, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This guide outlines the permitting process for demonstration projects that improve walking, cycling, and transit access on state highways in Vermont. It provides examples of common demonstration projects, outlines design, installation, and maintenance requirements, and highlights...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Policy Areas Public Safety, Community Development
"Reporting Lost & Stolen Firearms" provides statistics about firearm theft and trafficking and includes examples of reporting laws from different states. These laws can help reduce gun trafficking and keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons. The infographic also includes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Arizona
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Public Spaces
The City of Phoenix has become a model of Lean Governing, demonstrating the benefits of community revitalization when a municipality enables and encourages the work of creative entrepreneurs, small developers, neighborhood leaders, and community organizations. Along the way, it has...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2004
Level County
State(s) Alaska
Source Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance establishes an areawide conditional use permit for coal bed methane exploration and development. An entity that wants to install and operate coal bed methane facilities must have its permit application approved. This ordinance outlines the permit application process...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Baraboo
Policy Areas Food, Health, Public Spaces
This ordinance requires licensing for mobile food vendors and outlines the necessary procedures for obtaining required permits. The ordinance also explains the circumstances in which a registration application might be denied, and what may cause a license to be revoked. It additionally...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance permits transitional encampments for homeless individuals on all publicly owned property, and implements regulations regarding encampment management, community outreach, transit accessibility and more. It also outlines encampment permit requirements and allows permits...

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