The administration began 2013 by launching its most significant initiative yet, the Waterfront and Downtown Public Investment Action Plan (PIAP). Over the next two years, through a highly-transparent and efficient process, the city will identify and begin to implement prudent public investments in the waterfront and downtown intended to create jobs, make Burlington more affordable, and to grow the property tax base and other municipal revenues. By acting collaboratively and purposefully, the City will execute the PIAP without impacting municipal property tax rates while creating a more livable city.
Want to learn more? Click on the PDF's (PIAP Summary, Press Release, Open Letter) and questions below. You can also view the Burlington CEDO Show: Public Investment Action Plan - Next Steps on the Waterfront, recorded on Monday, November 25, 2013 on CCTV.
PIAP Concept Proposals - Process To Date
Through the City's Public Investment Action Plan (PIAP), the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) received fifty concept proposals during a two-month Request for Concepts period for infrastructure improvements on the waterfront. You can view the proposals here. Between May 16 and June 4, 2013, the Public Investment Team (PIT) met three times in open, deliberative meetings to review project concepts and advance a total of 29 proposals in 3 categories forward to the next round. Projects moving to the second round are marked, "ADVANCED."
Over the summer and early fall, the 29 finalists responded to a Request For Proposals issued by the City, with final proposals due October 17, 2013. The City received 9 final proposals - five from private entities and four from the public sector - many of which were proposals submitted by several of the 29 finalists combining together. Elements of those final proposals are available here, and include a comment feature to upload your comments.
You can also find the proposals at the reference desk of the Fletcher Free Library, with comment forms that will be passed on to the Mayor for consideration.
Five Open Houses were held in the City Hall lobby the week of November 11th, with comments from those forwarded to the Public Investment Team.
Final proposals have now been discussed and scored by the Public Investment Team at two public meetings, which were held November 20 and 21 in City Hall. Scores for each proposal from the Public Investment Team can be found here.
After scores and comments are advanced to the Mayor's office, the Mayor will create a project slate to go before City Council Committees, and finally a City Council vote in January to put the projects on the March ballot for a public vote.
Questions may be directed to Nate Wildfire, CEDO's Assistant Director for Economic Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 70 project concepts were registered during the initial phase of the Plan. You can view these preliminary concept registration records here.
Supporting documents for the Public Investment Action Plan can be found below:
The City will continue to seek public comment on the PIAP at NPAs and through other community venues moving forward. You are also invited to post your comments publicly at the Mayor’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MiroBTV). Questions about the process can be directed to Nate Wildfire at email@example.com or 802.865.7179. City Council recently approved the proposed process at their January 28, 2013 meeting.
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For more information about Tax Increment Financing (TIF), click here.