“Business Development Advisory Committee” established, members appointed

November 14, 2014

Editor’s Note:  On November 10, 2014, Town Board members moved to adopt a “Resolution establishing and appointing members of a Business Development Advisory Committee to assist the Town Board by identifying and recommending policy initiatives that will strengthen our existing businesses; attract new and desirable businesses to New Castle; and help our community revitalize our existing business hamlets.”  The remainder of the text of the resolution follows (its members are listed also):

WHEREAS, the Town recognizes that many of the businesses in our hamlets are struggling with difficult economic conditions and other longstanding issues that have impeded growth and discouraged capital investment; and

WHEREAS, the Town had begun the process of preparing an updated Master Plan that will serve as a comprehensive long range plan to guide future growth and development in our community, including our existing business hamlets; and

WHEREAS, the Town wishes to explore how the potential redevelopment of Town owned property in the downtown hamlet could help spark the revitalization of our downtown hamlet by creating new residential and commercial opportunities in the heart of the downtown area; and

WHEREAS, the Town intends to proceed with longstanding plans to make infrastructure improvements in our business hamlets that will include improvements in landscape, lighting, sidewalks, curbing and crosswalks; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board intends for the Business Development Advisory Committee to draw upon the collective talents and intellectual capital of our residents with experience in commercial real estate and small business to study these matters in a comprehensive fashion and develop recommendations that will foster the creation of more vibrant, diverse and economically thriving business hamlets;

NOW THEREFORE, be it

RESOLVED, that the Town Board establishes the Business Development Advisory Committee; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Mission Statement for the Business Development Advisory Committee shall be as follows:

The Business Development Advisory Committee (“BDAC”) is established to assist the long-term economic stability of the Town’s business hamlets while maintaining the small town values and community spirit that assure New Castle is a great place to live, work, play, invest and conduct business.  The BDAC will engage with the business community to attract desirable new community investment, help existing businesses expand, recruit targeted new businesses and enrich the life of the community.  The BDAC will also make recommendations to the New Castle government regarding strategic redevelopment opportunities for Town-owned property and make recommendations regarding the highest and best uses based on current market conditions.

And be it further

RESOLVED, that the Business Development Advisory Committee will be responsible for giving general direction to the Town Board, including but not limited to making recommendations with respect to the following:

Attracting and retaining a more diverse range of businesses, particularly with respect to the mix of retail uses, to reinforce our business hamlets as vibrant and unique destinations for shopping, entertainment and social activities;

Exploring how the Town can encourage and promote the development of new amenities and uses, such as a performing arts or community center;

Working to increase the commercial tax base;

Streamlining the approval process for new businesses and create a more business-friendly environment for existing businesses;

Helping identify policies for tax abatements, grants, and other special incentives that could foster business development in our hamlets; and

Working with existing landlords to find tenants that will fill needs and increase the variety of retail uses;

And be it further

RESOLVED, that the Business Development Advisory Committee will be comprised of no fewer than seven (7) members, preferably including landlords, merchants and residents with experience in commercial real estate and/or small business; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town Board appoints the following people as members of the Business Development Advisory Committee:

Phil Luria
Joan Simon
Corey Shanus
Erik Nicolaysen
David Perlmutter
Barry Mishkin
Jeffrey Blockinger
Phil Altman
Solveig McShea
Randy Katchis
Lee Anchin

And be it further

RESOLVED, that the Business Development Advisory Committee shall not be construed as a “special board” as that term is defined in Section 272-a of New York State Town Law, and that nothing in this resolution shall be deemed to prohibit or limit the Town Board from exercising its statutory and regulatory authority as it sees fit.

 


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