Two requests for input from TC’s clerk’s office
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The City of Traverse City has two City Commissioner ad hoc committees seeking public comment on two issues previously raised on MyWHaT: Street vending and permitting for use of public parks. Citizen input is requested by October 8th.
#1: Street Vending
The first, street vending, or what the City files under Transient Merchants. General comments about your level of support for street vending and what might be considered for an ordinance can be sent to the clerk’s office at: email@example.com
The next meeting for this ad hoc group is October 15 at 10:30am.
Currently, street vending is not allowed on public spaces. There is a permit fee that is seasonally adjusted and beginning next year will be at most $100/day to operate on private property within the Downtown District. Outside of the DDA, summer rates will be $50/day beginning next spring. The current transient merchant ordinance has been posted on the MyWHaT Scribd account for review.
You might also appreciate perusing Streets of Dreams (PDF), published by the Institute for Justice. It is a report surveying 33 cities and their approach to vending. In it they outline the five common types of regulations from outright bans to restrictions to locations and times.
The ad hoc committee, consisting of Commissioners Jim Carruthers, Mary Ann Moore, and Mike Gillman, are looking for input from vendors, businesses, and citizens on how they see a street vending culture evolving short-term and long-term. They will use this public input to potentially craft a new city-wide ordinance.
Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
#2 Traverse City parks and public land use
Back in early summer, another ad hoc committee of City Commissioners was formed to review park use policies for all parks (RE), but with a focus on the Open Space/Clinch Park area. There have been a few meetings over the summer and the committee tasked the City Attorney and Clerk’s office to draft a policy based of their own research and those summer discussions. A reviewable draft is now available here and below and before it gets passed out of committee, the City is looking for input, again by October 8th. This policy addresses not only big events, but smaller events as well.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to the City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 or at email@example.com.
As you are working out what you think about either one of these policy endeavors, what are the questions that remain?
What direction do you think the City needs to take?
Introduction and draft policy