Below is a comprehensive list of information regarding Hamilton Crossings that I’ve started to put together. I’ve included the following:
*UPDATE IMPORTANT DATES:
On 5/1/14 Lower Macungie Township will hold a public hearing and receive public comment on the creation of the Hamilton Crossings TIF district.
On 6/5/14 The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners will vote on ordinances to 1) create the TIF district.
2) Whether or not to participate in the TIF
New information – 4/18/14 – Solicitor opinion traffic impact fees do not apply to Hamilton Crossings.
Included: TIF Guidelines, LCIDA local TIF narrative, Opinions, Media, LVPC opposition letter, LMT rebuttal, Business opposition letters, Community pages
TIF General Information:
LCIDA TIF Narrative (outline of the Hamilton Crossings TIF proposal)
TIF Committee meeting minutes:
(The TIF Act requires that the Authority meet with a “designated representative” of each local governing body – that is, the school district, county, and Lower Macungie ‐‐ to discuss the proposed TIF District and all of the elements of the proposal.)
Note: There was push by some elected officials and members of the public for these meetings to be public. There was pushback by the development and eventually a ruling made by LCIDA that the meetings would be private but minutes made available.
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|January 30, 2013|
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|February 27, 2013|
|March 21, 2013|
March – Guest Column Ron Beitler – Lower Macungie should not Participate in TIF
March – Express times editorial: No tax breaks for Hamilton Crossings & Fedex
2/3/14 Bill White Morning Call – Costco casts it’s tantalizing spell
Ron Beitler – TIF’s & Jobs. The “but for” factor….
Keystone Politics – Hamilton Crossings TIF is worse kind of public subsidy
Reclaim Democracy – Tif’s bad deal for taxpayers
My blog post on the importance of unique facades and critique of the proposed facade.
Morning Call Bill White – Hamilton Crossings Giveaway Misguided
Recent Media Coverage:
April – Beitler talks TIF at local resident advocacy group.
*Latest – March 21 WFMZ – LMT moves toward making a decision about Hamilton Crossings
March Mcall – Future of Costco shopping center could soon be decided
March WFMZ – TIF can proceed without Lehigh County support
Should Costco shopping center be financed with tax dollars?
The Developers Facebook page in support.