Council approved for delegated authority for the General Manager of Planning and Economic Development to be able to authorize certain grants and loans under the relatively new Barton / Kenilworth incentive programs.
The program, approved in May 2016, gives rebates to property that require minor variance or site plan for development by waiving application fees for both those processes. The goal is to encourage development in this commercial districts which have a number of vacant storefronts, and buildings in need of renovations.
As the vote came after 3pm, and Council spent hours on non-municipal issues, there was no debate and it was approved as part of a rapid-fire series of votes.