COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery
Use city land-use powers to support more equitable growth
- Uses one of the strongest municipal powers to draw investments in a way that is aligned with economic development goals
- Relatively low cost for a city (e.g., fee reductions may have some costs)
- Leverages existing planning, or current planning processes that can be implemented quickly
- Accelerates digitization of review processes and permitting already underway due to COVID
- Recoups taxes or puts properties back on tax rolls for revenue creation
- May require disruption of existing planning processes
- Can perpetuate economic disinvestment in low-income areas, if not thoughtfully considered
- Can be time-consuming and require considerable buy-in from stakeholders and community
- May require supporting legislation from the state or county
Implementation time: Slow (if no city council approval required), M (if required)
Cost: Low. Some FTE are required to administer the program, but the actions are centered around powers and property the government already owns.
In this way, you will support local businesses and create short-term construction jobs as well as good, neighborhood jobs, and fill a long-time vacant building.