HB1735: Arts and cultural districts; grants statewide authority for creation thereof.

Offered January 14, 2009
Prefiled January 5, 2009
A BILL to amend and reenact 15.2-1129.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to arts and cultural districts.
Patron-- Valentine

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 15.2-1129.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

15.2-1129.1. Creation of arts and cultural district.

A. The Cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Harrisonburg, Manassas, Petersburg, and Winchester and the Towns of Blacksburg and ChincoteagueAny locality may by ordinance establish within their its boundaries an arts and cultural district for the purpose of increasing awareness and support for the arts and culture in the locality. Each locality may provide incentives for the support and creation of arts and cultural venues in the district. Each locality may also grant tax incentives and provide certain regulatory flexibility in an arts and cultural district.

B. The tax incentives may be provided for up to 10 years and may include, but not be limited to: (i) reduction of permit fees; (ii) reduction of user fees; and (iii) reduction of any type of gross receipts tax. The extent and duration of such incentive proposals shall conform to the requirements of the Constitutions of Virginia and of the United States.

C. Each locality may also provide for regulatory flexibility in such zone which may include, but not be limited to: (i) special zoning for the district; (ii) permit process reform; (iii) exemption from ordinances; and (iv) any other incentive adopted by ordinance, which shall be binding upon the locality for a period of up to 10 years.