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This ordinance establishes rules regarding the development and resale of properties within city limits which caps the amount of appreciation which may be gained by an individual upon resale of a domestic residential property. This ordinance also increases the supply of mixed and middle-income properties through standards and requirements which are applied to developers.
This ordinance specifies that a portion of every new housing development project must include housing which is affordable for low income and very low income people. The percentage of the new development which much be affordable to these groups is subject to change conditional upon the size of the proposed development and a city assessment of need at the time of application for building permit. This ordinance establishes a number of clear and useful definitions related to housing agreements, home buyers, and income groups.
More than 7,317 properties in the city of Cleveland are vacant and distressed – considered likely to require demolition.1 The nonprofit Thriving Communities Institute – part of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy -- estimates there are more than 25,000 vacant properties in Cuyahoga County.2 Few of these lots are green spaces, a tragic loss of opportunity for their neighborhoods. Green spaces include neighborhood gardens, pocket parks, vineyards, and orchards – something more than a green lawn. Greening vacant lots deliberately and with frequent upkeep can raise the standard of living. Green spaces encourage business investment, inhibit crime, improve environmental health and maintain the community in a neighborhood.
This ordinance establishes land and buildings as different classes of property and establishes a procedure to tax building values at lower rates than land values. It also ensures availability of full public information regarding assessments and appeal procedures; ensure that shifts in the tax burden on individual taxpayers will not be excessive from year to year; and ensures comparability of tax effort between this jurisdiction and its surrounding jurisdictions in the metropolitan area and between this jurisdiction and jurisdictions of comparable size. The accompanying model act provides state authorization to tax property at two rates and requires municipalities to create an implementation plan for the split-rate property tax.
This ordinance establishes the Creative Portland Development and Arts Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, as a ten-year program, to provide annual seed financing to support Creative Portland's operations.
This ordinance applies to all residential zones with a density less than or equal to eight dwelling units per acre; requires the minimum size of an open space development to be five acres; provides that open space is a by-right form of development, and does not require a special exception or additional review; exempts plans registered before the adoption of the ordinance from the provisions of this ordinance; restricts the total number of residential units allowed within an open space development to the number of units that would otherwise be allowed in the existing zoning district using conventional development; and prohibits development in designated open spaces in the future.
This policy brief examines several case studies depicting how school districts have aligned diverse state and federal funding to increase the quality and capacity of after school programs.
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.
Title IV of this act creates the Community Schools Incentive Initiative, which will award multi-year grants to create community schools. A community school is a public and private partnership in a public or charter school that coordinates educational, developmental, family, health, and after-school-care programs for students, families, and local communities. The act requires the Mayor to create an advisory committee that will help create program performance measures, participate in the grantee selection process, and identify potential funding sources. The act also specifies requirements for the grant applications.
This fact sheet reviews studies of cities adjusting homeless response policies to prioritize providing access to permanent housing. The studies reviewed in this fact sheet suggest that switching to policy strategies that emphasize access to permanent housing can significantly reduce cost of providing services for homeless populations and, in many cases, reduce a city's overall cost of addressing homelessness. This fact sheet also outlines how some cities have prevented homelessness and targeted those most in need.