As municipalities make decisions about land use and local development that can affect a town for a long period of time, it is important that those decisions are being made without improper influence. Developers will sometimes seek to exert influence in land use decisions and in shaping a community's Master Plan.

This ordinance provides that developers must disclose their political contributions when they are seeking an variances or approvals in a community.  Having real time, pin point disclosure can help to ensure that zoning variances are decided through a fair and impartial process. Disclosure requirements enhance citizens’ ability to determine whether the money or merit is the basis for zoning variances and to protect their towns and neighborhoods from harmful developments.

 

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