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City Council Goals
Resolution No. 02-10-2012 set goals for City Boards and Commission for the 2013 calendar year. Below is a listing of those goals for each board.
Recreation and Parks Board
Re-design and configure the boathouse area along Melton Lake Drive to insure the placement and construction of a new Pavilion donated by UT-Battelle as a linchpin project of the Melton Lake riverfront
Begin planning process and community involvement process for the first Dog Park in Oak Ridge and obtain necessary approvals and recommending budgetary capital levels.
Incorporate the Bike-Pedestrian Plan premises into all Parks facilities
Develop planning for Playful City USA designation and integrate public input into community recreational events (i.e. Secret City, Earth Day, concerts, etc.)
Traffic Safety Advisory Board
Provide recommendations into the policy issue of Street Parking vs. Street “Storage”
Work with Planning Commission and develop recommendations and review requirements for required parking at “legacy” rental housing units
Examine accidents and accident severity in Oak Ridge and make speed and design adjustments accordingly
Determine a policy for incorporating traffic circles and traffic calming devices into the City’s transportation plans
Assist Chief of Police with regulations for neighborhood parking districts
Environmental Quality Advisory Board
Develop and help implement a progress reporting system for Climate Action Plan
Develop goals and system for salvaging portions of demolished structures
Assess potential options for fuel-efficient vehicles for the City fleet for incorporation into capital replacement program, including cost/benefits in emissions, capital purchases, and operational costs
Examine integration of City environmental goals and policies with the Greater Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Organization’s regional goals
Develop policy recommendations for free maintenance by residents along greenbelts and trails, identifying potential impacts on residents and making recommendations to the City Council
Advise the City Manager on plausible projects to incorporate into potential TVA “extreme energy makeover” project
Define acceptable levels of lawn maintenance in residential neighborhoods (i.e. “natural lawns” versus current standards
Provide input into Mayor’s Advisory Council on DOE / TDEC matters upon requestConduct environmental reviews, identifying potential impacts on residents and making recommendations to the City Council.
Beer Permit Board
Examine and conduct periodic reviews of existing licensed facilities, utilizing calls for service information and other relevant information that will determine continued licensing
Review present licensing requirements and determine recommendations for approvals in redevelopment areas
Assess Board’s new requirements for beer sales at events and any corresponding impacts
Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals
Assess impact of current rules and any modifications required to encourage resolution in Environmental Court
Conduct more regular and frequent review of housing repair and maintenance timetables as brought to the Board via housing officials
Identify policies that are exceptions to the International Property Maintenance Codes and determine need to retain or return to the Code
Work with the EQAB Board on the policy governing “natural lawns”
Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
Invest in minor capital improvements for enhanced promotion during city events (i.e. directional signage to downtown restaurants)
Develop plan for addressing SMERF (social, military, educational, religious, and fraternal) markets in City
Increase sports marketing and support for sports events
Assist existing small business associations in creating market data for community promotion.
Enhance regional attendance at Oak Ridge events and enhance coordination with regional counterparts
Develop an after-hours kiosk for visitor information
ELDER CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD
Conduct space needs analysis for the existing Senior Center, determining future use and size of future facility.
Conduct statistically valid survey of Baby Boomer retirement intents as pertains to the need for a senior facility.
Make contacts with senior community to determine assistance, needs and projects for neighborhood groups and volunteer groups, as well as a recycling program for elderly equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs
Assess transportation for elderly programs; identify necessary improvements or ordinance changes
Highland View Redevelopment Advisory Board
Utilize HVRAB in directly targeting “Not in Our Town” campaign through defined approaches to use of obtained lots for new purposes.
Support the re-organization of neighborhood watch groups in the area through the Police and crime data available for the board.
Advise on policies that need adjustments in coming year to meet the goals of the Board.
Oak Ridge Housing Authority
Conduct joint meeting with the City Council after Council Retreat to discuss partnerships and definitive directions with rental and public housing.
Assist in the identification of renters not operating in parameters of ORHA Administrative guidelines and coordinate with Oak Ridge Police Department.
Assist the City in coordinating with out of town housing authorities hosting Section 8 vouchers to tenants in our town.
Advise on the creation of new housing or controlling new units through the Housing Authority.
Support legislation for Community Land Bank.
Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission
Examine the issue of housing congestion on smaller lots and cul-de-sacs of the City and determine its effect on city services, parking, spatial requirements for occupants and quality of life issues, while making appropriate recommendations.
Develop a simple, complimentary code for the Jackson Square area allowing residential and commercial uses to occur in a compatible manner as part of an urban streetscape development.
Identify potential policy and regulatory “barriers” to successful and sustainable small business development/re-development in smaller commercial areas of the city.
Explore the identification of a designated historical street where the future compilation of historical housing models could be collected for adaptive re-use or interpretive purposes.
Board of Zoning Appeals
Provide recommendations on potential changes to ordinances that are in potential conflict with each other.
Conduct review of challenges for past several years and determine if modifications to city ordinances are advised.
Focus can also be on policy and regulatory barriers to sustainable and successful small businesses.
Meet with the Council.
Youth Advisory Board
Coordinate youth awareness of safety through informational programs with schoolsProvide annual report to Council.
Determine feasibility of “jobs fair” for ORHS students for municipal jobs.
Industrial Development Board
Conduct annual confirmations of corporations receiving abatements to ensure compliance with jobs creation and real investment terms.
Provide an annual report to the City Council
Complete master plan and estimating of completion costs for Horizon center.
Coordinate agreement for support services with Oak Ridge Partnership.
Develop a TIF policy with the City Manager’s office.