Benchmarking is a program in which owners of larger buildings disclose data about energy and water usage on an annual basis. It is intended to enable more effective energy and climate protection planning by the City and others. In addition, it helps building owners as well as prospective buyers and tenants better understand the performance of participating buildings over time. Benchmarking is a market-based mechanism that results in greater energy and water use efficiency.
The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee has brought forward a proposed Benchmarking article to be added to the Zoning Ordinance. It is a key recommendation of the Mill Creek Master Plan and was discussed as part of the forums and hearings associated with the adoption of the Plan. It also has been reviewed as part of a Planning Board public hearing and a City Council workshop.
The proposed benchmarking amendments would apply to 30 buildings in Mill Creek and are a complement to the liberalized zoning rules recently approved by the City Council as part of an effort to revitalize this downtown center for South Portland.
In response to input from the City Council, Planning Board, residents, and businesses, a number of revisions have been made to the original draft of the zoning amendments. For the most part the changes are intended to reduce tenant responsibility for providing needed data.
The City's Council's final public hearing for this proposal will be on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 7:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers.
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