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Establishing a BIA - Deciding on boundaries

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Please take the following into consideration:

  • Geographical size
    • What are the pros and cons of a larger or smaller boundary?
  • Concentration of businesses
    • Is there a minimum number of businesses required to ensure the BIA is financially viable?
  • Placemaking opportunities
    • Is there diversity and similarity of streets and business areas that foster a sense of place?
    • A proposed BIA could be:
      • a quaint older district,
      • a traditional main street,
      • a restaurant and pub mecca,
      • a newer medical/lifestyles district,
      • a busy urban corridor,
      • a strip mall or even
      • an industrial area.
  • Not all businesses are visible from street-level; please make sure you know about all potential businesses within the proposed BIA.
  • Businesses located within BIA boundaries will become BIA members and will pay the BIA tax. Opting out is not an option.
  • Letters of support from business owners wanting to establish a BIA are helpful.
  • Collecting data about the area’s issues and opportunities helps determine if a BIA is appropriate and/or needed.
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Note: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the regulations currently in effect. For detailed information, consult the Business Improvement Area Regulation, AR 93/2016

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