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May - 2012 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

Attend the Urban Renewal Authority’s Open House on May 30

The City is seeking input on the proposed new URA policies and procedures prior to the June 26 City Council meeting when the final draft will be discussed.

The Wednesday, May 30 Open House begins at 4 p.m. with a presentation by Economic Health Office staff. It will be held in the Council Information Center (CIC) in City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave.  Questions and conversation will follow.

Some of the changes the public will see and be asked to weigh in on include:

  • Green Building requirements –not requiring LEED certified new construction, but may require that construction support community values and construction best practices by implementing green building practices in construction. Also, applicant may be required to participate in City training to learn more about energy efficiencies and the City’s green building code.
  • Community-wide citizen committee will be established rather than Plan specific citizen advisory groups. Existing citizen advisory groups would be reorganized and be considered for the wider community committee.
  • Applicants constructing buildings of a certain size will be required to pay for and submit an independent financial analysis of the project to ensure the projected success of the project.