Vermont Downtown Board approves South Burlington’s new ‘Town Center’ designation

first_imgVermont s second largest municipality is one step closer to developing a new downtown after getting a key designation that will allow it favorable tax treatment on development there. The Vermont Downtown Board recently approved the City of South Burlington s application for New Town Center designation, paving the way for the establishment of a multi-story downtown area on undeveloped lands surrounding the new Market Street across from University Mall, including the San Remo Drive area. This decision formalizes the state s recognition of the city s long-standing desire to create a new downtown, said Kevin Dorn, Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development and chairman of the Downtown Board. We re very pleased to have received this designation, said Paul Conner, Director of Planning and Zoning for the City. We appreciate the Board s recognition of our ongoing work to develop a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use core to our community. Having this designation in hand will now provide us access to State incentive programs aimed at promoting this kind of smart growth at the local level.The New Town Center designation will allow South Burlington to apply to make the area a Tax Increment Financing District, which allows municipalities to keep some of the new Education Property Tax dollars generated by the development to pay for infrastructure costs.To obtain New Town Center designation, municipalities must demonstrate that their planning process, regulations, and capital expenditures are adequate to yield multi story development that is:Denser than surrounding areas;Mixed use, and;Includes civic buildings and affordable housing. Applicants must also show that there is adequate water and wastewater capacity to serve the anticipated development. The city s application was very thorough, Dorn said. And the Board was very impressed with the planning work done over the years.  We look forward to the development of a very livable, mixed use downtown area for South Burlington something that residents have wanted for a long time.In addition to the designation process for New Town Centers, the Downtown Board also oversees designation of downtowns and village centers, Growth Centers, and Vermont Neighborhoods;  provides training and technical assistance; and administers grant and tax credit programs related to downtowns and village centers.To date, 23 downtowns and 94 village centers have been designated, as well as 4 Growth Centers (including Williston and Colchester), and one New Town Center in Colchester.  More at: http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external)Source: Commerce Agency. 2.4.2010.last_img read more

Army warns of massive terrorism recruitment in Antique

first_img“We have monitored massive recruitment, especially of minors, in Antique province,” Batara said, adding that this is intended to reclaim some areas in this province that were declared as insurgent-free in 2015. BATARA. PNA “The minors from Sibalom were turned over to their municipal social welfare and development office for psycho-social counseling,” he said. “Massive recruitment is particularly happening in the municipalities of Sibalom, San Remigio and Hamtic,” he said, adding that the NPA rebels’ extortion activities are also being done simultaneously to beef up their logistical strength. Batara noted that during their encounter with communist-terrorists in Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao in Iloilo last April 18, they were able to capture five minors who are residents of barangays Igpanolong and Tordesillas in Sibalom. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is trying to regain some areas in this province by conducting massive recruitment and extortion.Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of 61IB under the 3rd Infantry Division, said on June 17 that the CPP-NPA members are taking advantage of the time while military forces are busy in the campaign against the coronavirus disease 2019. The provincial social welfare and development office also assisted in the conduct of psycho-social counseling.During the meeting of the League of the Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique chapter on June 16, Batara appealed to the local chief executives (LCEs) of the 18 municipalities to strengthen their Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC). “I appeal to the LCEs to support the TF-ELCAC by bringing basic services to the people,” he said. Countering the CPP-NPA’s massive recruitment is not only through military patrol or combat but through convergence efforts to bring basic services to the people, especially in the remote areas, he added. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

The science candidates Kopser builds big tent after win in Texas

first_img The science candidates: races to watch in 2018 Email JOHN DAVIDSON Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidates. This year, ScienceInsider is following a number of candidates with science, technology, engineering, and math backgrounds as they run for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In a few districts, science candidates have ended up competing against each other for the right to represent their party in the general election on 6 November.That’s what happened in the 21st congressional district of Texas, where Joseph Kopser, who has an engineering background, won a 22 May Democratic primary that also included Mary Wilson, a minister and former mathematician.Today, in the first piece of a two-part series, we look at how Kopser plans to build on his win. Tomorrow, Wilson discusses her defeat and her experience running for office. Kopser captured last week’s Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in central Texas by convincing his party’s voters that he stands the best chance of winning the November general election in the solidly Republican district. But the clean energy entrepreneur and West Point, New York–trained engineer is walking a fine line: He is appealing to “disillusioned” Republicans and independents at the same time he criticizes the “chaotic” and “undisciplined” policies of President Donald Trump and worries about the “numbing” effect his policies are having on the electorate.“Right now, the voters who are most likely to go to the polls in November are mad that so many things they have been working on have been put at risk or are going backwards because of what the president has done,” says Kopser, who defeated Mary Wilson, a former community college math professor, 58% to 42%, in last week’s primary runoff. “Those actions make it that much harder to do things like move to a clean-energy economy, or improve our health care system, or pass a budget, or talk about immigration reform.”The uncertainty over a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just the latest example, Kopser said last week. Trump’s “decision [to walk away from the planned 12 June meeting] was code for the fact that the summit was never really on,” he says. “Hell, he hasn’t even nominated an ambassador to South Korea. He does these things because he loves seeing his name in print. And it’s not good for governance.”Seeking common groundWilson and Kopser squared off on 22 May because neither received a majority of the vote in the 6 March primary, which featured four candidates. Wilson won that first round, receiving 31% of the vote; Kopser got 29%. Although neither emphasized their scientific training during the campaign, it was unusual to have two candidates with technical backgrounds on the same ballot. And Kopser was endorsed by 314 Action, a nonprofit that helps scientists and engineers who want to run for office.“We’re ecstatic [about] Joseph’s victory,” says Joshua Morrow, executive director of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–based organization, which has worked with Kopser for more than a year. “He’s a serious candidate and we’re very excited about the fall campaign.”Morrow defends Kopser’s big-tent strategy by noting that “you have to appeal to a lot of different voters” to win a general election. Last week, Kopser told supporters “we can win in November if we focus on what we all have in common,” and on the stump he repeatedly tells his audience that “there is more that unites us than separates us.” Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe By Jeffrey MervisMay. 30, 2018 , 12:30 PM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country That approach makes sense in a district where Democrats have been powerless for decades. But some Democrats have questioned whether his progressive stances on a range of issues—from health care and education to the economy, immigration, and the environment—are genuine. Instead, they worry that he is a Democratic in name only, someone who belatedly joined the Democratic Party because it seemed like the easiest path to a seat in Congress.Kopser has acknowledged that he admired former President Ronald Reagan when he was a teenager, and says he avoided voting in primary elections during his 20-year military career to maintain a nonpartisan stance. For him, being a Democrat means holding liberal values yet recognizing that there may be multiple paths to implementing them. His advocacy for renewable energy is a good example of how he has had to defend his record within his own party, even as he seeks to broaden his base of support.Kopser started a ride-optimization company after leaving the military and has worked with Texas officials to promote green technologies in both the civilian and military sectors. So he’s comfortable with his track record on the issue. Yet he’s sensitive to accusations that he would side with business interests if he comes under pressure to make a choice.“Climate change is real, and it’s caused by humans,” he tells ScienceInsider. “And the only way to avoid the negative consequences is to move toward 100% renewables. I mentioned that in my victory speech because, during the campaign, boy did I get beat up by people who didn’t think I was pure enough, or whatever the right word is. So many people in the Democratic Party are passionate about that issue, and I wanted to make sure they knew my commitment.”Asked how he would move toward an economy based on renewable energy, he says he’d want to make sure that every sector got something it valued during the transition. “The first thing that’s politically viable is to take advantage of the abundance of wind and solar power in this state,” he begins. “We also need to bring together industry and labor to take advantage of the job training programs that exist, to make sure we have enough qualified people to do the work. Another obvious step is more grant money to universities to accelerate research on battery storage. And then we have to convince our Republican friends that there’s a strong economic reason to justify moving to a renewable energy economy.”Soaring spendingKopser enjoyed a 25-to-1 fundraising advantage over Wilson during the primary and runoff, bringing in $1 million in April alone. At one point this year, he claimed to have raised more money than any other Texas politician outside of the heated race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke.Kopser has no plans to ease up for the general election, and anticipates that he’ll need every dollar to defeat Republican Chip Roy, who spent 3 years as Cruz’s chief of staff before going to work for the state’s attorney general. Roy squeezed past his runoff opponent, despite a large financial advantage that included support from the conservative Club for Growth.When asked how much money it might take to win, Kopser demurs. “There’s no telling how much. But I know it will take a lot.”At the same time, Kopser is confident that his message of inclusion will help him meet the challenge. “Whether or not you voted for us tonight,” he said on the night of the runoff, “and wherever you are on the political spectrum, we want to hear your concerns. We want to make a place for you, and we want to bring this district together.” Joseph Kopser won a runoff last week to win the Democratic primary in Texas’s 21st congressional district. The science vote The science candidates: Kopser builds big tent after win in Texas Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Meet the scientists running to transform Congress in 2018last_img read more