Sunday, March 23, 2008

CBA legislation to be discussed in Pittsburgh

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday to allow the public to comment on two bills pending in Allegany County, Pennsylvania (read the official notice here).

The first bill would create a Community Benefits Program that would require developers of subsidized projects to meet with community represetatives at least three times prior to receiving any approvals. The bill does not explain how the community representatives would be chosen (except that individuals unaffiliated with any community group would not be eligible), nor does it actually require that a CBA be completed.

The other bill would require economic and social impact analysis reviews for any development over 50,000 square feet that receives subsidies or needs government approval. Completed reports would be made available to the public at least 90 days before any county approval.
After the report is issued, a public hearing would then be held at which the county council would review the report. Contents of the report would include, in plain language, the following:
  • Amount of projected financial cost to the County and other governmental entities,
    including subsidies and infrastructure improvements;
  • Amount of tax revenue anticipated to be generated by the Proposed Project, and any
    anticipated restrictions on or dedications of that tax revenue;
  • Number and type of construction and permanent jobs that will be generated by the
    project, and the wages and benefits likely to be provided for such jobs;
  • Any anticipated positive or negative impacts on existing businesses and employment
    patterns in the vicinity of the Proposed Project;
  • Number and size of housing units to be created; the affordability levels thereof; and the
    proportion of rental and ownership units;
  • Whether or not LEED certification will be attained for the Proposed Project, and, if so,
    what type of LEED certification;
  • Current land uses and ownership;
  • Proposed uses by size and land ownership;
  • Intended timeline for construction and completion;
  • Estimated cost of construction;
  • A visual depiction of the Proposed Project, such as drawings, photographs of models,
    or photographs of similar, completed projects; and
  • A breakdown, by category, of the numbers of anticipated displacements of existing
    residents, businesses, or services to make way for the Proposed Project, as well as the
    name, address, and type of business for each business or service anticipated to be

2 Political Junkies reports that Pittsburgh UNITED is supporting the impact analysis bill.

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