Downtown Dickinson Business Improvement District

Downtown Dickinson Association
Business Improvement District

March 9, 2017


1. Project Background and Description

Downtown Improvement District began approximately 20 years ago. It was a self-assessment of Downtown Property owners to use for parking maintenance and improvements. It generated $20,000 per year. It was based on estimated number of spaces needed by location.

DDA began work in 2015 to replace the DID with a BID. A Business Improvement District is also a self-assessment of property owners within a zone, but can be used much more broadly –

  • Advertising

  • Public information

  • Marketing

  • Maintenance and safety

  • Decoration of Public Places

  • Promotion of Public Events

  • Professional Management

  • Planning

  • General Promotion

  • Promotion of Trade Activities

2. Project Scope

  • Determine Zones for District (complete)

  • Determine Budget and Use for Assessment (budget complete)

  • Communicate thru public meetings, the purpose of the BID. Collect feedback on use. Possible survey of property owners within the zone.

  • Draft resolution for BID (initial complete)

  • Obtain Bond for BID

  • Complete detailed plans for BID

  • Propose BID Resolution to the City – If approved, the city will follow the Century Code process outlined in detail #4 below

  • As long as not more than 1/3 of the property owners protest, the BID will pass

3. High-Level Requirements

1.      Resolution passed creating a “business improvement district” for the promotion of business activity and new business development pursuant to

a.    NDCC 40-22.1-02 includes advertising, public information, marketing, maintenance and decoration of public places, promotion of public events, furnishing of music in any public place, providing professional management, planning, and promotion, and the general promotion of trade activities

b.      NDCC 40-22.1-02 requires that a bond be filed by the group proposing the project to cover the costs if the district is later barred by protest

2.      Report approved which includes the general nature, purpose and feasibility of the proposed improvement and estimate of probable cost of the work (NDCC 40-22.1-04)

3.      Resolution approving detailed plans, specifications, and estimates concerning the improvement

4.      Resolution declaring improvement necessary referring intelligibly to the report and must include a map of the municipality showing the proposed business improvement district.

           a.      Must be published once each week for two consecutive weeks

        b.    30 day protest period begins the date of first publication (if more then 1/3 of the property owners within the proposed district protest, it bars proceeding further with the improvement project described in the plans and specifications)

Items 1, 2, and 4 can all be done in the same resolution, which is how we have done districts in the past.  There is not a set time of when the detailed plans, specifications, and estimates have to be approved by resolution (item 3).  It can either be done before the protest period with the other 3 items, or after.

4. Deliverables

  • Determine method for property owner input

  • Determine exact purpose of BID

  • Communicate Final draft to property owners

  • Present proposal to City

5. Affected Parties

The following Stakeholders will be affected by the BID and will need to have extensive communication in order for the BID to pass:

  • City of Dickinson

  • Public Works

  • Property Owners within Zone 1 and 2

  • Business Owners within Zone 1 and 2

6. High-Level Timeline/Schedule

  • March 30th – BID committee meeting

  • April 13th – Present Purpose of BID to Board as well as method of input from property owners

  • May 30th – all public meetings complete

  • June 19th – BID Proposal at City Commission Meeting

  • July 24th - Complete


Downtown Dickinson Association - P.O. Box 2072 - 111 2nd St. W. Dickinson, ND  58602-2072    701-483-6949                                                       

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