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Development agreements are intended to accomplish two primary purposes: (1) Provide more certainty to a land owner or developer through the grant of vested property rights for an agreed-upon term of years; and, in return, (2) Provide more certainty to the City of Hudson that public amenities and improvements will be provided according to an agreed-upon schedule and at a level of quality sufficient to justify the grant of vested rights. Public benefits arising from a development agreement may include, but are not limited to, provision of public facilities such as streets, sewerage, parks/open space, transportation, schools, and utility facilities. The establishment of vested rights through use of a development agreement can thereby ensure reasonable certainty, ensure stability and fairness in the land development approval process, secure the reasonable investment-backed expectations of landowners, provide for a more efficient use of resources, and foster cooperation between the public and private sectors in the area of land use planning. Accordingly, these provisions establish uniform procedures and standards for the preparation, review, and adoption of development agreements.
(Ord. 18-93. Passed 10-15-19.)