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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 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 report outline the cost in terms of public assistance the New England states must spend to subsidize low wage employment models.
The ordinance prohibits the city from entering into contracts for government funded projects for services of $50,000 or more with a contractor, subcontractor, or vendor who is outsourcing, or causing the work to be performed outside of the United States or Canada. The ordinance requires written verification that work will be performed in the United States or Canada prior to commencement of work. The ordinance allows the Chief Administrative Officer to grant an exemption when the services are not available in the United States or Canada at a reasonable cost. The ordinance requires certain reporting requirements for exemptions granted and authorizes the Board of Finance to override an exemption. The ordinance also establishes civil penalties ranging from $100 to $500 per day for each violation and allows the City to modify, terminate, or seek specific performance on contracts if the contractor, subcontractor, or vendor does not complied with the ordinance provisions.