Town of North Branford, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of North Branford 8-15-1978 as Ord. No. 129. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 29-1 Membership; term.

[Amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 232]
The Economic Development Commission of the Town of North Branford shall consist of five members and two alternates. The Town Council shall appoint one member every year for a term of five years. The first alternate shall initially be appointed to a term of three years and the second alternate shall initially be appointed to a term of two years. The membership shall be composed of:
A. 
One member from the North Branford business community.
B. 
One member of the North Branford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors or designee as recommended by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
C. 
Three members from the community at large, one of whom shall have a commercial real estate or commercial development background and an additional one of whom shall have a commercial loan or marketing background.
D. 
One alternate from the business community.
E. 
One alternate from the community at large.

§ 29-2 Vacancies.

Any vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired portion of such vacant term by appointment of the Town Council.

§ 29-3 Removal.

Any member may be removed for cause by the Town Council. If the member so requests, removal may occur only after public hearing held by the Town Council.

§ 29-4 Organization; meetings; powers.

[Amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 232]
The Commission shall elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, who shall be elected annually at the start of each fiscal year. The Commission shall hold regular meetings at least four times per year. The Chairperson may call a special meeting at such other times and dates as the duties of the Commission may require. The Commission may adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.

§ 29-5 Compensation.

The members of the Commission may receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for the necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their office and duties.

§ 29-6 Duties.

[Amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 232]
The Commission shall:
A. 
Conduct research into the economic conditions and trends in its municipality, which at a minimum shall include monitoring and updating a plan that promoted the retention and expansion of existing businesses and attraction of new businesses;
B. 
Make recommendations to appropriate officials and agencies of its municipality regarding action to improve its economic condition and development, including changes to public policy, regulations or incentives;
C. 
Seek to coordinate the activities of and cooperate with unofficial bodies organized to promote such economic development;
D. 
May advertise and may prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets which, in its judgment, will further its official purposes;
E. 
Encourage businesses to maintain and improve the vitality and environment of the business community and shall recommend and report on policies, infrastructure improvements and other considerations that relate to business activity; and
F. 
Implement the use of its resources to encourage compatible businesses to move to become established in North Branford.

§ 29-7 Annual report.

[Amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 232]
The Commission shall annually prepare and transmit to the Town Council a report of its activities and of its recommendations for improving economic conditions and development in the town.

§ 29-8 Preparation of budget.

The Commission shall, not less than one hundred twenty (120) days before the end of the fiscal year, file with the Town Manager, on forms prescribed and provided by the Manager, detailed estimates of proposed expenditures to be made at the request of the Commission for the ensuing fiscal year.

§ 29-9 Additional duties.

[Amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 232]
A. 
Following application, the Commission may review all proposals for new development and redevelopment submitted to any town official, agency, board, committee or commission and make a report and recommendations on such proposals based upon the impact such proposals will have on the economic growth and development of the community. Said report may recommend, oppose or propose modification to such zoning activity.
B. 
The Commission may assume a role in evaluating economic development incentive applications as prescribed by Town Council policy.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former § 29-10, Appointments, was repealed 9-3-1996 by Ord. No. 207.