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This is a point of sale ordinance that applies to anyone selling their home. When someone sells, their home, the ordinance requires the seller have a standardized Austin Energy audit performed on their house and the results must be disclosed to the prospective buyers. An energy audit is used for the following reasons: High electric and gas bills; Problems staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter; One room is too hot while another room is too cold; Air conditioner or furnace seems to run all the time; Indoor air quality issues, including problems with dust, mold, drafts, or asthma; Interest in renewable energy sources. In addition, having an energy assessment is the first step in reducing the environmental impact of one's home energy expenditure. Most homeowners can reduce their footprint by 20-50%, and the home assessment test is the best way to find out how.
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.
'Adaptive Reuse' means adapting an existing economically obsolete building for a new, more productive purpose. Los Angeles' Adaptive Reuse Program converts existing buildings to new residential uses, including apartments, condos, live/work units and hotels. The program works by streamlining the process developers must follow to get their projects approved, resulting in substantial time saving. This ordinance provides incentives for rental and condominium adaptive reuse projects in downtown Los Angeles and parking incentives for condominium adaptive reuse projects. It also enables a Zoning Administrator to approve adaptive reuse projects that meet certain requirements. 2001 Los Angeles Ordinance 174315 and 2003 Los Angeles Ordinance 175588 amended this ordinance.
The ordinance increases eligible sites for detached accessory dwelling unit construction; simplifies the renewal process for temporary use permits; increases flexibility to accommodate home-based businesses; allows a greater presence of residential uses at the ground floor of buildings along arterials in commercial zones that are outside of pedestrian-designated (P) zones and potential future P zones identified and mapped by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD); clarifies the capability to include accessory dwelling units in townhouses and rowhouses; raises State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) threshold levels for environmental review within Urban Centers and Urban Villages that contain a Station Area Overlay District while continuing to require transportation impact analysis for exempted developments and possible mitigation through a new section in Title 23; eliminates minimum parking requirements for uses in Urban Villages, Urban Centers, and the Station Area Overlay District; reduces minimum parking requirements within ' mile of transit routes with frequent transit service; and eliminates minimum parking requirements for new development in Major Institution uses, except for hospitals, in Urban Centers or the Station Area Overlay District;
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.
The ordinance requires the operator of a motor vehicle to create a safe environment for a Vulnerable Road User, including pedestrians, a person on horseback, and persons operating equipment other than a motor vehicle, by giving them space on the road and yielding the right of way.
The ballot measure would fund Metro bus service and other road safety, maintenance and transportation improvements in King County by authorizing the King County Transportation District to impose, for a period of ten years, a sales and use tax of 0.1% and an annual vehicle fee of sixty dollars ($60) per registered vehicle, with a twenty dollar ($20) rebate for low-income individuals. If approved, sixty (60) percent of the proceeds would fund Metro bus service. The rest would be split among King County cities and unincorporated King County area on a per-capita basis.