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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWAL

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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House Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies community development and renewal agency provisions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    enacts a definition of "inactive airport site" for purposes of a community
             14      development and renewal agency project;
             15          .    modifies definitions;
             16          .    modifies blight study provisions to include a finding relating to an inactive airport
             17      site; H. [ and ] .H
             18          .    includes an inactive airport site among the sites regarding which the other factors of
             19      blight do not need to be found H. [ . ] ; and
             19a          . provides that the mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of
             19b      government serves as the executive director of an agency created by that municipality and
             19c      exercises the executive powers of the agency. .H
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23           H. [ None ] This bill coordinates with S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, by
             23a      technically merging amendments. .H
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          17C-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 329 and 364
             27          17C-2-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
             27a           H. 17C-1-203, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 359 .H



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         17C-2-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
             29          17C-2-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
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             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 17C-1-102 is amended to read:
             33           17C-1-102. Definitions.
             34          As used in this title:
             35          (1) "Adjusted tax increment" means:
             36          (a) for tax increment under a pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan, tax increment under
             37      Section 17C-1-403 , excluding tax increment under Subsection 17C-1-403 (3); and
             38          (b) for tax increment under a post-June 30, 1993 project area plan, tax increment under
             39      Section 17C-1-404 , excluding tax increment under Section 17C-1-406 .
             40          (2) "Affordable housing" means housing to be owned or occupied by persons and
             41      families of low or moderate income, as determined by resolution of the agency.
             42          (3) "Agency" or "community development and renewal agency" means a separate body
             43      corporate and politic, created under Section 17C-1-201 or as a redevelopment agency under
             44      previous law, that is a political subdivision of the state, that is created to undertake or promote
             45      urban renewal, economic development, or community development, or any combination of
             46      them, as provided in this title, and whose geographic boundaries are coterminous with:
             47          (a) for an agency created by a county, the unincorporated area of the county; and
             48          (b) for an agency created by a city or town, the boundaries of the city or town.
             49          (4) "Annual income" has the meaning as defined under regulations of the U.S.
             50      Department of Housing and Urban Development, 24 C.F.R. Sec. 5.609, as amended or as
             51      superseded by replacement regulations.
             52          (5) "Assessment roll" has the meaning as defined in Section 59-2-102 .
             53          (6) "Base taxable value" means the taxable value of the property within a project area
             54      from which tax increment will be collected, as shown upon the assessment roll last equalized
             55      before:
             56          (a) for a pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan, the effective date of the project area plan;
             57          (b) for a post-June 30, 1993 project area plan:
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         (ii) if no taxing entity committee approval is required for the project area budget, the
             60      later of:
             61          (A) the date the project area plan is adopted by the community legislative body; and
             62          (B) the date the agency adopts the first project area budget; [or]
             63          (c) for a project on an inactive industrial site, a year after the date on which the inactive
             64      industrial site is sold for remediation and development[.]; or
             65          (d) for a project on an inactive airport site, a year after the later of:
             66          (i) the date on which the inactive airport site is sold for remediation and development;
             67      and
             68          (ii) the date on which the airport that had been operated on the inactive airport site
             69      ceased operations.
             70          (7) "Basic levy" means the portion of a school district's tax levy constituting the
             71      minimum basic levy under Section 59-2-902 .
             72          (8) "Blight" or "blighted" means the condition of an area that meets the requirements of
             73      Subsection 17C-2-303 (1).
             74          (9) "Blight hearing" means a public hearing under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(i)(C)
             75      and Section 17C-2-302 regarding the existence or nonexistence of blight within the proposed
             76      urban renewal project area.
             77          (10) "Blight study" means a study to determine the existence or nonexistence of blight
             78      within a survey area as provided in Section 17C-2-301 .
             79          (11) "Board" means the governing body of an agency, as provided in Section
             80      17C-1-203 .
             81          (12) "Budget hearing" means the public hearing on a draft project area budget required
             82      under Subsection 17C-2-201 (2)(d) for an urban renewal project area budget or Subsection
             83      17C-3-201 (2)(d) for an economic development project area budget.
             84          (13) "Combined incremental value" means the combined total of all incremental values
             85      from all urban renewal project areas, except project areas that contain some or all of a military
             86      installation or inactive industrial site, within the agency's boundaries under adopted project area
             87      plans and adopted project area budgets at the time that a project area budget for a new urban
             88      renewal project area is being considered.
             89          (14) "Community" means a county, city, or town.



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         (15) "Community development" means development activities within a community,
             91      including the encouragement, promotion, or provision of development.
             92          (16) "Economic development" means to promote the creation or retention of public or
             93      private jobs within the state through:
             94          (a) planning, design, development, construction, rehabilitation, business relocation, or
             95      any combination of these, within a community; and
             96          (b) the provision of office, industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution,
             97      parking, public, or other facilities, or other improvements that benefit the state or a community.
             98          (17) "Fair share ratio" means the ratio derived by:
             99          (a) for a city or town, comparing the percentage of all housing units within the city or
             100      town that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing units to the percentage of all
             101      housing units within the whole county that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing
             102      units; or
             103          (b) for the unincorporated part of a county, comparing the percentage of all housing
             104      units within the unincorporated county that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing
             105      units to the percentage of all housing units within the whole county that are publicly subsidized
             106      income targeted housing units.
             107          (18) "Family" has the meaning as defined under regulations of the U.S. Department of
             108      Housing and Urban Development, 24 C.F.R. Section 5.403, as amended or as superseded by
             109      replacement regulations.
             110          (19) "Greenfield" means land not developed beyond agricultural or forestry use.
             111          (20) "Hazardous waste" means any substance defined, regulated, or listed as a
             112      hazardous substance, hazardous material, hazardous waste, toxic waste, pollutant, contaminant,
             113      or toxic substance, or identified as hazardous to human health or the environment, under state
             114      or federal law or regulation.
             115          [(20)] (21) "Housing funds" means the funds allocated in an urban renewal project area
             116      budget under Section 17C-2-203 for the purposes provided in Subsection 17C-1-412 (1).
             117          (22) (a) "Inactive airport site" means land that:
             118          (i) consists of at least 100 acres;
             119          (ii) is occupied by an airport that:
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         (B) is owned or was formerly owned and operated by a public entity; and
             122          (iii) requires remediation because:
             123          (A) of the presence of hazardous waste or solid waste; or
             124          (B) the site lacks sufficient public infrastructure and facilities, including public roads,
             125      electric service, water system, and sewer system, needed to support development of the site.
             126          (b) "Inactive airport site" includes a perimeter of up to 2,500 feet around the land
             127      described in Subsection (22)(a).
             128          [(21)] (23) (a) "Inactive industrial site" means land that:
             129          (i) consists of at least 1,000 acres;
             130          (ii) is occupied by an inactive or abandoned factory, smelter, or other heavy industrial
             131      facility; and
             132          (iii) requires remediation because of the presence of[:] hazardous waste or solid waste.
             133          [(A) hazardous waste, defined as any substance defined, regulated, or listed as a
             134      hazardous substance, hazardous material, hazardous waste, toxic waste, pollutant, contaminant,
             135      or toxic substance, or identified as hazardous to human health or the environment under state
             136      or federal law or regulation; or]
             137          [(B) solid waste.]
             138          (b) "Inactive industrial site" includes a perimeter of up to 1,500 feet around the land
             139      described in Subsection [(21)] (23)(a).
             140          [(22)] (24) "Income targeted housing" means housing to be owned or occupied by a
             141      family whose annual income is at or below 80% of the median annual income for the county in
             142      which the housing is located.
             143          [(23)] (25) "Incremental value" means a figure derived by multiplying the marginal
             144      value of the property located within an urban renewal project area on which tax increment is
             145      collected by a number that represents the percentage of adjusted tax increment from that project
             146      area that is paid to the agency.
             147          [(24)] (26) "Loan fund board" means the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund Board,
             148      established under Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 7, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund.
             149          [(25)] (27) "Marginal value" means the difference between actual taxable value and
             150      base taxable value.
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     project area located within a federal military installation ordered closed by the federal Defense
             153      Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
             154          [(27)] (29) "Plan hearing" means the public hearing on a draft project area plan
             155      required under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(vi) for an urban renewal project area plan,
             156      Subsection 17C-3-102 (1)(d) for an economic development project area plan, and Subsection
             157      17C-4-102 (1)(d) for a community development project area plan.
             158          [(28)] (30) "Post-June 30, 1993 project area plan" means a project area plan adopted on
             159      or after July 1, 1993, whether or not amended subsequent to its adoption.
             160          [(29)] (31) "Pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan" means a project area plan adopted
             161      before July 1, 1993, whether or not amended subsequent to its adoption.
             162          [(30)] (32) "Private," with respect to real property, means:
             163          (a) not owned by the United States or any agency of the federal government, a public
             164      entity, or any other governmental entity; and
             165          (b) not dedicated to public use.
             166          [(31)] (33) "Project area" means the geographic area described in a project area plan or
             167      draft project area plan where the urban renewal, economic development, or community
             168      development, as the case may be, set forth in the project area plan or draft project area plan
             169      takes place or is proposed to take place.
             170          [(32)] (34) "Project area budget" means a multiyear projection of annual or cumulative
             171      revenues and expenses and other fiscal matters pertaining to a urban renewal or economic
             172      development project area that includes:
             173          (a) the base taxable value of property in the project area;
             174          (b) the projected tax increment expected to be generated within the project area;
             175          (c) the amount of tax increment expected to be shared with other taxing entities;
             176          (d) the amount of tax increment expected to be used to implement the project area plan,
             177      including the estimated amount of tax increment to be used for land acquisition, public
             178      improvements, infrastructure improvements, and loans, grants, or other incentives to private
             179      and public entities;
             180          (e) the tax increment expected to be used to cover the cost of administering the project
             181      area plan;
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     area:
             184          (i) the tax identification numbers of the parcels from which tax increment will be
             185      collected; or
             186          (ii) a legal description of the portion of the project area from which tax increment will
             187      be collected; and
             188          (g) for property that the agency owns and expects to sell, the expected total cost of the
             189      property to the agency and the expected selling price.
             190          [(33)] (35) "Project area plan" means a written plan under Chapter 2, Part 1, Urban
             191      Renewal Project Area Plan, Chapter 3, Part 1, Economic Development Project Area Plan, or
             192      Chapter 4, Part 1, Community Development Project Area Plan, as the case may be, that, after
             193      its effective date, guides and controls the urban renewal, economic development, or community
             194      development activities within a project area.
             195          [(34)] (36) "Property tax" includes privilege tax and each levy on an ad valorem basis
             196      on tangible or intangible personal or real property.
             197          [(35)] (37) "Public entity" means:
             198          (a) the state, including any of its departments or agencies; or
             199          (b) a political subdivision of the state, including a county, city, town, school district,
             200      local district, special service district, or interlocal cooperation entity.
             201          [(36)] (38) "Publicly owned infrastructure and improvements" means water, sewer,
             202      storm drainage, electrical, and other similar systems and lines, streets, roads, curb, gutter,
             203      sidewalk, walkways, parking facilities, public transportation facilities, and other facilities,
             204      infrastructure, and improvements benefitting the public and to be publicly owned or publicly
             205      maintained or operated.
             206          [(37)] (39) "Record property owner" or "record owner of property" means the owner of
             207      real property as shown on the records of the recorder of the county in which the property is
             208      located and includes a purchaser under a real estate contract if the contract is recorded in the
             209      office of the recorder of the county in which the property is located or the purchaser gives
             210      written notice of the real estate contract to the agency.
             211          [(38)] (40) "Superfund site":
             212          (a) means an area included in the National Priorities List under the Comprehensive
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         (b) includes an area formerly included in the National Priorities List, as described in
             215      Subsection [(38)] (40)(a), but removed from the list following remediation that leaves on site
             216      the waste that caused the area to be included in the National Priorities List.
             217          [(39)] (41) "Survey area" means an area designated by a survey area resolution for
             218      study to determine whether one or more urban renewal projects within the area are feasible.
             219          [(40)] (42) "Survey area resolution" means a resolution adopted by the agency board
             220      under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1)(a) designating a survey area.
             221          [(41)] (43) "Taxable value" means the value of property as shown on the last equalized
             222      assessment roll as certified by the county assessor.
             223          [(42)] (44) (a) "Tax increment" means, except as provided in Subsection [(42)] (44)(b),
             224      the difference between:
             225          (i) the amount of property tax revenues generated each tax year by all taxing entities
             226      from the area within a project area designated in the project area plan as the area from which
             227      tax increment is to be collected, using the current assessed value of the property; and
             228          (ii) the amount of property tax revenues that would be generated from that same area
             229      using the base taxable value of the property.
             230          (b) "Tax increment" does not include taxes levied and collected under Section
             231      59-2-906.1 on or after January 1, 1994 upon the taxable property in the project area unless:
             232          (i) the project area plan was adopted before May 4, 1993, whether or not the project
             233      area plan was subsequently amended; and
             234          (ii) the taxes were pledged to support bond indebtedness or other contractual
             235      obligations of the agency.
             236          [(43)] (45) "Taxing entity" means a public entity that levies a tax on property within a
             237      community.
             238          [(44)] (46) "Taxing entity committee" means a committee representing the interests of
             239      taxing entities, created as provided in Section 17C-1-402 .
             240          [(45)] (47) "Unincorporated" means not within a city or town.
             241          [(46)] (48) (a) "Urban renewal" means the development activities under a project area
             242      plan within an urban renewal project area, including:
             243          (i) planning, design, development, demolition, clearance, construction, rehabilitation,
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         (ii) the provision of residential, commercial, industrial, public, or other structures or
             246      spaces, including recreational and other facilities incidental or appurtenant to them;
             247          (iii) altering, improving, modernizing, demolishing, reconstructing, or rehabilitating, or
             248      any combination of these, existing structures in a project area;
             249          (iv) providing open space, including streets and other public grounds and space around
             250      buildings;
             251          (v) providing public or private buildings, infrastructure, structures, and improvements;
             252      and
             253          (vi) providing improvements of public or private recreation areas and other public
             254      grounds.
             255          (b) "Urban renewal" means "redevelopment," as defined under the law in effect before
             256      May 1, 2006, if the context requires.
             257          Section 2. Section 17C-2-102 is amended to read:
             258           17C-2-102. Process for adopting urban renewal project area plan -- Prerequisites
             259      -- Restrictions.
             260          (1) (a) In order to adopt an urban renewal project area plan, after adopting a resolution
             261      under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) the agency shall:
             262          (i) unless a finding of blight is based on a finding made under Subsection
             263      17C-2-303 (1)(b) relating to an inactive industrial site or inactive airport site:
             264          (A) cause a blight study to be conducted within the survey area as provided in Section
             265      17C-2-301 ;
             266          (B) provide notice of a blight hearing as required under Part 5, Urban Renewal Notice
             267      Requirements; and
             268          (C) hold a blight hearing as provided in Section 17C-2-302 ;
             269          (ii) after the blight hearing has been held or, if no blight hearing is required under
             270      Subsection (1)(a)(i), after adopting a resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1), hold a board
             271      meeting at which the board shall:
             272          (A) consider:
             273          (I) the issue of blight and the evidence and information relating to the existence or
             274      nonexistence of blight; and
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     pursued; and
             277          (B) by resolution:
             278          (I) make a finding regarding the existence of blight in the proposed urban renewal
             279      project area;
             280          (II) select one or more project areas comprising part or all of the survey area; and
             281          (III) authorize the preparation of a draft project area plan for each project area;
             282          (iii) prepare a draft of a project area plan and conduct any examination, investigation,
             283      and negotiation regarding the project area plan that the agency considers appropriate;
             284          (iv) make the draft project area plan available to the public at the agency's offices
             285      during normal business hours;
             286          (v) provide notice of the plan hearing as provided in Sections 17C-2-502 and
             287      17C-2-504 ;
             288          (vi) hold a public hearing on the draft project area plan and, at that public hearing:
             289          (A) allow public comment on:
             290          (I) the draft project area plan; and
             291          (II) whether the draft project area plan should be revised, approved, or rejected; and
             292          (B) receive all written and hear all oral objections to the draft project area plan;
             293          (vii) before holding the plan hearing, provide an opportunity for the State Board of
             294      Education and each taxing entity that levies a tax on property within the proposed project area
             295      to consult with the agency regarding the draft project area plan;
             296          (viii) if applicable, hold the election required under Subsection 17C-2-105 (3);
             297          (ix) after holding the plan hearing, at the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting
             298      consider:
             299          (A) the oral and written objections to the draft project area plan and evidence and
             300      testimony for and against adoption of the draft project area plan; and
             301          (B) whether to revise, approve, or reject the draft project area plan;
             302          (x) approve the draft project area plan, with or without revisions, as the project area
             303      plan by a resolution that complies with Section 17C-2-106 ; and
             304          (xi) submit the project area plan to the community legislative body for adoption.
             305          (b) (i) If an agency makes a finding under Subsection (1)(a)(ii)(B) that blight exists in
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     the taxing entity committee approves the finding of blight.
             308          (ii) (A) A taxing entity committee may not disapprove an agency's finding of blight
             309      unless the committee demonstrates that the conditions the agency found to exist in the urban
             310      renewal project area that support the agency's finding of blight under Section 17C-2-303 :
             311          (I) do not exist; or
             312          (II) do not constitute blight.
             313          (B) (I) If the taxing entity committee questions or disputes the existence of some or all
             314      of the blight conditions that the agency found to exist in the urban renewal project area or that
             315      those conditions constitute blight, the taxing entity committee may hire a consultant, mutually
             316      agreed upon by the taxing entity committee and the agency, with the necessary expertise to
             317      assist the taxing entity committee to make a determination as to the existence of the questioned
             318      or disputed blight conditions.
             319          (II) The agency shall pay the fees and expenses of each consultant hired under
             320      Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(B)(I).
             321          (III) The findings of a consultant under this Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(B) shall be binding on
             322      the taxing entity committee and the agency.
             323          (2) An agency may not propose a project area plan under Subsection (1) unless the
             324      community in which the proposed project area is located:
             325          (a) has a planning commission; and
             326          (b) has adopted a general plan under:
             327          (i) if the community is a city or town, Title 10, Chapter 9a, Part 4, General Plan; or
             328          (ii) if the community is a county, Title 17, Chapter 27a, Part 4, General Plan.
             329          (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), an agency board may not approve a project area
             330      plan more than one year after adoption of a resolution making a finding of blight under
             331      Subsection (1)(a)(ii)(B).
             332          (b) If a project area plan is submitted to an election under Subsection 17C-2-105 (3),
             333      the time between the plan hearing and the date of the election does not count for purposes of
             334      calculating the year period under Subsection (3)(a).
             335          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a draft project area plan may not be
             336      modified to add real property to the proposed project area unless the board holds a plan hearing
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     17C-2-502 and 17C-2-504 .
             339          (b) The notice and hearing requirements under Subsection (4)(a) do not apply to a draft
             340      project area plan being modified to add real property to the proposed project area if:
             341          (i) the property is contiguous to the property already included in the proposed project
             342      area under the draft project area plan;
             343          (ii) the record owner of the property consents to adding the real property to the
             344      proposed project area; and
             345          (iii) the property is located within the survey area.
             345a           H. Section 3. Section 17C-1-203 is amended to read:
             345b           17C-1-203.   Agency board -- Quorum.
             345c          (1) The governing body of an agency is a board consisting of the current members of the
             345d      legislative body of the community that created the agency.
             345e          (2) A majority of board members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of agency business.
             345f          (3) An agency board may not adopt a resolution, pass a motion, or take any other official
             345g      board action without the concurrence of at least a majority of the board members present at a meeting
             345h      at which a quorum is present.
             345i          (4) The mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of government,
             345j      as described in Subsection 10-3-101(2):
             345k          (a) serves as the executive director of an agency created by the municipality; and    
             345l          (b) exercises the executive powers of the agency. .H
             346          Section H. [ 3 ] 4 .H . Section 17C-2-301 is amended to read:
             347           17C-2-301. Blight study -- Requirements -- Deadline.
             348          (1) Each blight study required under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(i)(A) shall:
             349          (a) undertake a parcel by parcel survey of the survey area;
             350          (b) provide data so the board and taxing entity committee may determine:
             351          (i) whether the conditions described in Subsection 17C-2-303 (1):
             352          (A) exist in part or all of the survey area; and
             353          (B) qualify an area within the survey area as a project area; and
             354          (ii) whether the survey area contains all or part of a superfund site [or], an inactive
             355      industrial site, or inactive airport site;
             356          (c) include a written report setting forth:
             357          (i) the conclusions reached;
             358          (ii) any recommended area within the survey area qualifying as a project area; and
             359          (iii) any other information requested by the agency to determine whether an urban
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         (d) be completed within one year after the adoption of the survey area resolution.
             362          (2) (a) If a blight study is not completed within one year after the adoption of the
             363      resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) designating a survey area, the agency may not
             364      approve an urban renewal project area plan based on that blight study unless it first adopts a
             365      new resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1).
             366          (b) A new resolution under Subsection (2)(a) shall in all respects be considered to be a
             367      resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) adopted for the first time, except that any actions
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     shall be considered to have been taken under the new resolution.
             370          Section H. [ 4 ] 5 .H . Section 17C-2-303 is amended to read:
             371           17C-2-303. Conditions on board determination of blight -- Conditions of blight
             372      caused by the developer.
             373          (1) An agency board may not make a finding of blight in a resolution under Subsection
             374      17C-2-102 (1)(a)(ii)(B) unless the board finds that:
             375          (a) (i) the proposed project area consists predominantly of nongreenfield parcels;
             376          (ii) the proposed project area is currently zoned for urban purposes and generally
             377      served by utilities;
             378          (iii) at least 50% of the parcels within the proposed project area contain nonagricultural
             379      or nonaccessory buildings or improvements used or intended for residential, commercial,
             380      industrial, or other urban purposes, or any combination of those uses;
             381          (iv) the present condition or use of the proposed project area substantially impairs the
             382      sound growth of the municipality, retards the provision of housing accommodations, or
             383      constitutes an economic liability or is detrimental to the public health, safety, or welfare, as
             384      shown by the existence within the proposed project area of at least four of the following
             385      factors:
             386          (A) one of the following, although sometimes interspersed with well maintained
             387      buildings and infrastructure:
             388          (I) substantial physical dilapidation, deterioration, or defective construction of
             389      buildings or infrastructure; or
             390          (II) significant noncompliance with current building code, safety code, health code, or
             391      fire code requirements or local ordinances;
             392          (B) unsanitary or unsafe conditions in the proposed project area that threaten the
             393      health, safety, or welfare of the community;
             394          (C) environmental hazards, as defined in state or federal law, that require remediation
             395      as a condition for current or future use and development;
             396          (D) excessive vacancy, abandoned buildings, or vacant lots within an area zoned for
             397      urban use and served by utilities;
             398          (E) abandoned or outdated facilities that pose a threat to public health, safety, or
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         (F) criminal activity in the project area, higher than that of comparable nonblighted
             401      areas in the municipality or county; and
             402          (G) defective or unusual conditions of title rendering the title nonmarketable; and
             403          (v) (A) at least 50% of the parcels within the proposed project area are affected by at
             404      least one of the factors, but not necessarily the same factor, listed in Subsection (1)(a)(iv); and
             405          (B) the affected parcels comprise at least 66% of the acreage of the proposed project
             406      area; or
             407          (b) the proposed project area includes some or all of a superfund site [or an], inactive
             408      industrial site, or inactive airport site.
             409          (2) No single parcel comprising 10% or more of the acreage of the proposed project
             410      area may be counted as satisfying Subsection (1)(a)(iii) or (iv) unless at least 50% of the area of
             411      that parcel is occupied by buildings or improvements.
             412          (3) (a) For purposes of Subsection (1), if a developer involved in the urban renewal
             413      project has caused a condition listed in Subsection (1)(a)(iv) within the proposed project area,
             414      that condition may not be used in the determination of blight.
             415          (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not apply to a condition that was caused by an owner or
             416      tenant who becomes a developer.
             416a           H. Section 6. Coordinating S.B. 294 with S.B. 20 -- Technically merging amendments.
             416b          If this S.B. 294 and S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, both pass, it is the
             416c      intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             416d      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, modify Subsection 17C-1-203(4), as
             416e      amended in this bill, to read:
             416f           "(4) The mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of government, as
             416g      defined in Section 10-3b-102:
             416h          (a) serves as the executive director of an agency created by the municipality; and
             416i          (b) exercises the executive powers of the agency." .H





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