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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.
An ordinance that requires that any residential development which shall generate more than 500 ADT (Average Daily Trips) shall be subject to a Community Impact Assessment review process and approval criteria are outlined in Section 18.55.090 of the Carbondale Municipal Code. For mixed use projects (commercial and residential), 1,000 ADT is required in order to have a development subject to Community Impact Assessment process.
This resolution, in order to provide community benefits from development of the County Park East land, creates the Community and Economic Development (CED) Fund; adopts the Park East Redevelopment Compact (PERC); and establishes the policies for the sale of the County's Park East land.
Transparency and public data can help improve the effectiveness of government agencies and elected officials. However, current transparency requirements focus on physical publication and inspection, which favor and protect incumbent power. Local governments often do not have rigorous data collection, and even localities that have the data lack the resources to make it useful. The solution to this problem includes targeted legal reforms, citizen-centered technologies and modernized models of public administration. Tools of digital democracy, such as open data, open 311, and open FOIL, and open meetings are essential for an informed citizenry that consents to be governed in the modern era.
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions and duties of the Chief Data Officer and Open Data Department Coordinators to assist in the implementation of the city's open data policy. The ordinance also establishes additional rules and procedures for making open data available through the city's open data web portal.
One in five City of Saint Paul (City) residents speaks a language other than English in their homes. This means that increasingly City employees are providing services to individuals who may be limited English proficient (LEP) as a result of national origin. Based on data collected from a variety of sources including the Saint Paul Public Schools and the United States Census Bureau, the City's primary non-English language groups include, but are not limited to Spanish, Hmong and Somali. The City's Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan outlines and describes how the City will improve access to its services, programs and activities for LEP individuals.