The DID’s current operating plan expires on April 30, 2015. Since last fall, the DID’s Board of Directors and a special volunteer Task Force have been working to shape a new plan that would take effect on May 1, 2015. A key charge from the current plan was investigating the expansion of the District to encompass a growing Downtown.In general, the current DID boundaries include the area from Vine Street toLemon Street and from the east side of Water Street to Lime Street. After much consideration and through community outreach, the proposed boundaries for the new plan include the addition of the properties on the west side of S. Prince Street from King Street to Mifflin Street and all of the properties bordering the west side of Water Street from Mifflin Street to Lemon Street.
Other plan highlights include:
• Life of the Plan: 4 years (May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2019)
• Millage Rate: 2.45 mils throughout(no change or increase from current rate over the life of the plan)
• Initial Focus: Clean and Safe services (now expanded due to new vendor contract) and increased marketing
• Areas of Assessment During the Plan:
– The completion of the Economic Development plan and what that can mean for the DID
– CRIZ effect on the DID
– County reassessment for 2017
• Areas of Opportunities to Explore:
– Reinvesting increased revenues into physical improvements within the boundaries of the DID
– Strengthening the DID brand
• Budget: Maintaining a financially strong District with a conservative budget.
A copy of the draft plan can be found at www.LancasterCityAlliance.org by clicking on “Lancaster DID” on the home page. If you do not have access to a computer or would prefer a hard copy, please contact our offices at 717-394-0783 to request the plan. An informational meeting will be held in City Council Chambers (100 S. Queen Street) on July 15 from 6 – 7 pm to review the draft plan and answer questions.This meeting is open to the public so please feel free to attend.