Business Improvement District programmes enable businesses within a defined area to work with their local community board, the Council and other key organisations to improve the local business environment.
1. Background and context
1.1 Purpose of the Christchurch City Council Business Improvement District programme
Business Improvement District (BID) programmes enable businesses within a defined geographic area to work with their local community board, the Council and other key stakeholder organisations to improve the local business environment.
Working together can create stronger town centres and business districts that are better positioned to take advantage of economic opportunities and are resilient to economic shocks.
Town centres are about people and people's needs, they are places with a history and a community story. They provide convenience, choice, value, comfort, leisure, entertainment and a sense of place. Centres are about place-making, and place-making is about communities having ownership, a sense of belonging and pride.
This policy provides direction on how to establish a BID programme and the Council's expectations of how a BID programme should function.
The Council can assist with the establishment of a BID programme and support the implementation of the programme to leverage the contribution local communities make to the economic wellbeing of the district as a whole.
The BID programme also provides a mechanism to advocate to the Council for appropriate infrastructure, facilities and services to support business activity and to have a business perspective inform Council policies and initiatives.
1.2 The Business Improvement District programme - a collaborative approach
A BID programme is a public/private partnership. It can develop projects that attract assistance and may be in partnership with Central Government and/or the Christchurch City Council or other agencies and organisations.
A key feature of the BID programme is the ability to secure sustainable funding through non-residential properties within a defined BID programme area paying a targeted rate. The rate is collected by the Council, and passed on to the organisation running the BID programme to fund its work programme.
A BID programme should, however, be more than a purely financial relationship between the parties – it should provide opportunities to develop collaborative approaches to achieve development goals.
Establishing a BID programme takes time (often a one to two year period) and requires considerable effort and resources. A successful BID programme is characterised by the willingness of members to get involved in the development of their area. They will have a thorough understanding of their local business area and believe in the philosophy of self-help.
While it is expected a BID programme will be operated by a business association the Council will consider alternative organisations to be the BID programme operator. An example is where a new entity may be established with representatives from the business association and other local key business interests.
2. Purpose and value of BID programmes
A BID programme creates a partnership enabling Christchurch City Council, the relevant community board and a BID programme operator to develop, formalise, and enhance relationships between local businesses and the Council.
This relationship is a key element for successful local economic development and enhancing business prosperity.
The value of a BID programme can accrue to the partners involved in different ways:
- Increases business prosperity for members, through the provision of services, support, advocacy and initiatives that enhance the local business environment.
- Provides the BID operator with regular and sustainable funding. This enables delivery of initiatives identified in its strategic and business plans and provides value to members over a longer period than is usually possible when operating on a voluntary basis.
- Is aimed at growing business returns – leading to increased business turnover, increased profit, increased property values, ability to reinvest to further grow business.
- Community boards and local businesses have a common interest in a particular place and share similar goals. Working collaboratively is likely to promote better local outcomes for businesses and for the local community.
- Enables a community board to engage with the local business sector in a coordinated way. It encourages local business investment, promotion and local economic development.
- Enables the Council to engage with local business sector in a coordinated way. It encourages business investment, promotion and economic development.
- The BID programme promotes outcomes the Council is seeking in strategies and plans outlined below.
3. Links with key strategies and plans
A BID programme is intended to support and be consistent with the aims of the wider framework of Christchurch City Council strategies and plans and with plans prepared by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and its successors.
BID - Business Improvement District.
BID programme - is a formal and structured agreement between a business association and the Council to provide economic development initiatives within a particular area.
BID manager - is a person contracted or employed by the business association to manage the BID programme.
BID proponent group - means those persons proposing a BID programme for an area and that work together in the early stages to steer the proposal through to a decision on whether to proceed.
BID operator – means a formally constituted organisation that is operating a BID programme.
Business association – means a formally constituted organisation of business interests within a community. Is likely to be the organisation operating a BID programme.
Council - Christchurch City Council.
Executive committee - means the body elected by the members of the BID operator to govern the operations of the BID programme.
Governing board - has the same definition as executive committee above.
This policy provides guidance for prospective and established BID programmes, and explains the requirements and responsibilities of the Christchurch City Council BID progr