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S.B. 294 Enrolled

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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;
             18          .    includes an inactive airport site among the sites regarding which the other factors of
             19      blight do not need to be found; and
             20          .    provides that the mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of
             21      government serves as the executive director of an agency created by that
             22      municipality and exercises the executive powers of the agency.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          This bill coordinates with S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, by technically
             27      merging amendments.
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:


             30          17C-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 329 and 364
             31          17C-1-203, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 359
             32          17C-2-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
             33          17C-2-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
             34          17C-2-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 364
             35     
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 17C-1-102 is amended to read:
             38           17C-1-102. Definitions.
             39          As used in this title:
             40          (1) "Adjusted tax increment" means:
             41          (a) for tax increment under a pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan, tax increment under
             42      Section 17C-1-403 , excluding tax increment under Subsection 17C-1-403 (3); and
             43          (b) for tax increment under a post-June 30, 1993 project area plan, tax increment under
             44      Section 17C-1-404 , excluding tax increment under Section 17C-1-406 .
             45          (2) "Affordable housing" means housing to be owned or occupied by persons and
             46      families of low or moderate income, as determined by resolution of the agency.
             47          (3) "Agency" or "community development and renewal agency" means a separate body
             48      corporate and politic, created under Section 17C-1-201 or as a redevelopment agency under
             49      previous law, that is a political subdivision of the state, that is created to undertake or promote
             50      urban renewal, economic development, or community development, or any combination of
             51      them, as provided in this title, and whose geographic boundaries are coterminous with:
             52          (a) for an agency created by a county, the unincorporated area of the county; and
             53          (b) for an agency created by a city or town, the boundaries of the city or town.
             54          (4) "Annual income" has the meaning as defined under regulations of the U.S.
             55      Department of Housing and Urban Development, 24 C.F.R. Sec. 5.609, as amended or as
             56      superseded by replacement regulations.
             57          (5) "Assessment roll" has the meaning as defined in Section 59-2-102 .


             58          (6) "Base taxable value" means the taxable value of the property within a project area
             59      from which tax increment will be collected, as shown upon the assessment roll last equalized
             60      before:
             61          (a) for a pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan, the effective date of the project area plan;
             62          (b) for a post-June 30, 1993 project area plan:
             63          (i) the date of the taxing entity committee's approval of the first project area budget; or
             64          (ii) if no taxing entity committee approval is required for the project area budget, the
             65      later of:
             66          (A) the date the project area plan is adopted by the community legislative body; and
             67          (B) the date the agency adopts the first project area budget; [or]
             68          (c) for a project on an inactive industrial site, a year after the date on which the inactive
             69      industrial site is sold for remediation and development[.]; or
             70          (d) for a project on an inactive airport site, a year after the later of:
             71          (i) the date on which the inactive airport site is sold for remediation and development;
             72      and
             73          (ii) the date on which the airport that had been operated on the inactive airport site
             74      ceased operations.
             75          (7) "Basic levy" means the portion of a school district's tax levy constituting the
             76      minimum basic levy under Section 59-2-902 .
             77          (8) "Blight" or "blighted" means the condition of an area that meets the requirements of
             78      Subsection 17C-2-303 (1).
             79          (9) "Blight hearing" means a public hearing under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(i)(C)
             80      and Section 17C-2-302 regarding the existence or nonexistence of blight within the proposed
             81      urban renewal project area.
             82          (10) "Blight study" means a study to determine the existence or nonexistence of blight
             83      within a survey area as provided in Section 17C-2-301 .
             84          (11) "Board" means the governing body of an agency, as provided in Section
             85      17C-1-203 .


             86          (12) "Budget hearing" means the public hearing on a draft project area budget required
             87      under Subsection 17C-2-201 (2)(d) for an urban renewal project area budget or Subsection
             88      17C-3-201 (2)(d) for an economic development project area budget.
             89          (13) "Combined incremental value" means the combined total of all incremental values
             90      from all urban renewal project areas, except project areas that contain some or all of a military
             91      installation or inactive industrial site, within the agency's boundaries under adopted project area
             92      plans and adopted project area budgets at the time that a project area budget for a new urban
             93      renewal project area is being considered.
             94          (14) "Community" means a county, city, or town.
             95          (15) "Community development" means development activities within a community,
             96      including the encouragement, promotion, or provision of development.
             97          (16) "Economic development" means to promote the creation or retention of public or
             98      private jobs within the state through:
             99          (a) planning, design, development, construction, rehabilitation, business relocation, or
             100      any combination of these, within a community; and
             101          (b) the provision of office, industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, parking,
             102      public, or other facilities, or other improvements that benefit the state or a community.
             103          (17) "Fair share ratio" means the ratio derived by:
             104          (a) for a city or town, comparing the percentage of all housing units within the city or
             105      town that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing units to the percentage of all housing
             106      units within the whole county that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing units; or
             107          (b) for the unincorporated part of a county, comparing the percentage of all housing
             108      units within the unincorporated county that are publicly subsidized income targeted housing
             109      units to the percentage of all housing units within the whole county that are publicly subsidized
             110      income targeted housing units.
             111          (18) "Family" has the meaning as defined under regulations of the U.S. Department of
             112      Housing and Urban Development, 24 C.F.R. Section 5.403, as amended or as superseded by
             113      replacement regulations.


             114          (19) "Greenfield" means land not developed beyond agricultural or forestry use.
             115          (20) "Hazardous waste" means any substance defined, regulated, or listed as a
             116      hazardous substance, hazardous material, hazardous waste, toxic waste, pollutant, contaminant,
             117      or toxic substance, or identified as hazardous to human health or the environment, under state
             118      or federal law or regulation.
             119          [(20)] (21) "Housing funds" means the funds allocated in an urban renewal project area
             120      budget under Section 17C-2-203 for the purposes provided in Subsection 17C-1-412 (1).
             121          (22) (a) "Inactive airport site" means land that:
             122          (i) consists of at least 100 acres;
             123          (ii) is occupied by an airport that:
             124          (A) is no longer in operation as an airport; and
             125          (B) is owned or was formerly owned and operated by a public entity; and
             126          (iii) requires remediation because:
             127          (A) of the presence of hazardous waste or solid waste; or
             128          (B) the site lacks sufficient public infrastructure and facilities, including public roads,
             129      electric service, water system, and sewer system, needed to support development of the site.
             130          (b) "Inactive airport site" includes a perimeter of up to 2,500 feet around the land
             131      described in Subsection (22)(a).
             132          [(21)] (23) (a) "Inactive industrial site" means land that:
             133          (i) consists of at least 1,000 acres;
             134          (ii) is occupied by an inactive or abandoned factory, smelter, or other heavy industrial
             135      facility; and
             136          (iii) requires remediation because of the presence of[:] hazardous waste or solid waste.
             137          [(A) hazardous waste, defined as any substance defined, regulated, or listed as a
             138      hazardous substance, hazardous material, hazardous waste, toxic waste, pollutant, contaminant,
             139      or toxic substance, or identified as hazardous to human health or the environment under state or
             140      federal law or regulation; or]
             141          [(B) solid waste.]


             142          (b) "Inactive industrial site" includes a perimeter of up to 1,500 feet around the land
             143      described in Subsection [(21)] (23)(a).
             144          [(22)] (24) "Income targeted housing" means housing to be owned or occupied by a
             145      family whose annual income is at or below 80% of the median annual income for the county in
             146      which the housing is located.
             147          [(23)] (25) "Incremental value" means a figure derived by multiplying the marginal
             148      value of the property located within an urban renewal project area on which tax increment is
             149      collected by a number that represents the percentage of adjusted tax increment from that project
             150      area that is paid to the agency.
             151          [(24)] (26) "Loan fund board" means the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund Board,
             152      established under Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 7, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund.
             153          [(25)] (27) "Marginal value" means the difference between actual taxable value and
             154      base taxable value.
             155          [(26)] (28) "Military installation project area" means a project area or a portion of a
             156      project area located within a federal military installation ordered closed by the federal Defense
             157      Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
             158          [(27)] (29) "Plan hearing" means the public hearing on a draft project area plan required
             159      under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(vi) for an urban renewal project area plan, Subsection
             160      17C-3-102 (1)(d) for an economic development project area plan, and Subsection
             161      17C-4-102 (1)(d) for a community development project area plan.
             162          [(28)] (30) "Post-June 30, 1993 project area plan" means a project area plan adopted on
             163      or after July 1, 1993, whether or not amended subsequent to its adoption.
             164          [(29)] (31) "Pre-July 1, 1993 project area plan" means a project area plan adopted
             165      before July 1, 1993, whether or not amended subsequent to its adoption.
             166          [(30)] (32) "Private," with respect to real property, means:
             167          (a) not owned by the United States or any agency of the federal government, a public
             168      entity, or any other governmental entity; and
             169          (b) not dedicated to public use.


             170          [(31)] (33) "Project area" means the geographic area described in a project area plan or
             171      draft project area plan where the urban renewal, economic development, or community
             172      development, as the case may be, set forth in the project area plan or draft project area plan
             173      takes place or is proposed to take place.
             174          [(32)] (34) "Project area budget" means a multiyear projection of annual or cumulative
             175      revenues and expenses and other fiscal matters pertaining to a urban renewal or economic
             176      development project area that includes:
             177          (a) the base taxable value of property in the project area;
             178          (b) the projected tax increment expected to be generated within the project area;
             179          (c) the amount of tax increment expected to be shared with other taxing entities;
             180          (d) the amount of tax increment expected to be used to implement the project area plan,
             181      including the estimated amount of tax increment to be used for land acquisition, public
             182      improvements, infrastructure improvements, and loans, grants, or other incentives to private and
             183      public entities;
             184          (e) the tax increment expected to be used to cover the cost of administering the project
             185      area plan;
             186          (f) if the area from which tax increment is to be collected is less than the entire project
             187      area:
             188          (i) the tax identification numbers of the parcels from which tax increment will be
             189      collected; or
             190          (ii) a legal description of the portion of the project area from which tax increment will
             191      be collected; and
             192          (g) for property that the agency owns and expects to sell, the expected total cost of the
             193      property to the agency and the expected selling price.
             194          [(33)] (35) "Project area plan" means a written plan under Chapter 2, Part 1, Urban
             195      Renewal Project Area Plan, Chapter 3, Part 1, Economic Development Project Area Plan, or
             196      Chapter 4, Part 1, Community Development Project Area Plan, as the case may be, that, after
             197      its effective date, guides and controls the urban renewal, economic development, or community


             198      development activities within a project area.
             199          [(34)] (36) "Property tax" includes privilege tax and each levy on an ad valorem basis
             200      on tangible or intangible personal or real property.
             201          [(35)] (37) "Public entity" means:
             202          (a) the state, including any of its departments or agencies; or
             203          (b) a political subdivision of the state, including a county, city, town, school district,
             204      local district, special service district, or interlocal cooperation entity.
             205          [(36)] (38) "Publicly owned infrastructure and improvements" means water, sewer,
             206      storm drainage, electrical, and other similar systems and lines, streets, roads, curb, gutter,
             207      sidewalk, walkways, parking facilities, public transportation facilities, and other facilities,
             208      infrastructure, and improvements benefitting the public and to be publicly owned or publicly
             209      maintained or operated.
             210          [(37)] (39) "Record property owner" or "record owner of property" means the owner
             211      of real property as shown on the records of the recorder of the county in which the property is
             212      located and includes a purchaser under a real estate contract if the contract is recorded in the
             213      office of the recorder of the county in which the property is located or the purchaser gives
             214      written notice of the real estate contract to the agency.
             215          [(38)] (40) "Superfund site":
             216          (a) means an area included in the National Priorities List under the Comprehensive
             217      Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 9605; and
             218          (b) includes an area formerly included in the National Priorities List, as described in
             219      Subsection [(38)] (40)(a), but removed from the list following remediation that leaves on site
             220      the waste that caused the area to be included in the National Priorities List.
             221          [(39)] (41) "Survey area" means an area designated by a survey area resolution for
             222      study to determine whether one or more urban renewal projects within the area are feasible.
             223          [(40)] (42) "Survey area resolution" means a resolution adopted by the agency board
             224      under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1)(a) designating a survey area.
             225          [(41)] (43) "Taxable value" means the value of property as shown on the last equalized


             226      assessment roll as certified by the county assessor.
             227          [(42)] (44) (a) "Tax increment" means, except as provided in Subsection [(42)] (44)(b),
             228      the difference between:
             229          (i) the amount of property tax revenues generated each tax year by all taxing entities
             230      from the area within a project area designated in the project area plan as the area from which
             231      tax increment is to be collected, using the current assessed value of the property; and
             232          (ii) the amount of property tax revenues that would be generated from that same area
             233      using the base taxable value of the property.
             234          (b) "Tax increment" does not include taxes levied and collected under Section
             235      59-2-906.1 on or after January 1, 1994 upon the taxable property in the project area unless:
             236          (i) the project area plan was adopted before May 4, 1993, whether or not the project
             237      area plan was subsequently amended; and
             238          (ii) the taxes were pledged to support bond indebtedness or other contractual
             239      obligations of the agency.
             240          [(43)] (45) "Taxing entity" means a public entity that levies a tax on property within a
             241      community.
             242          [(44)] (46) "Taxing entity committee" means a committee representing the interests of
             243      taxing entities, created as provided in Section 17C-1-402 .
             244          [(45)] (47) "Unincorporated" means not within a city or town.
             245          [(46)] (48) (a) "Urban renewal" means the development activities under a project area
             246      plan within an urban renewal project area, including:
             247          (i) planning, design, development, demolition, clearance, construction, rehabilitation,
             248      environmental remediation, or any combination of these, of part or all of a project area;
             249          (ii) the provision of residential, commercial, industrial, public, or other structures or
             250      spaces, including recreational and other facilities incidental or appurtenant to them;
             251          (iii) altering, improving, modernizing, demolishing, reconstructing, or rehabilitating, or
             252      any combination of these, existing structures in a project area;
             253          (iv) providing open space, including streets and other public grounds and space around


             254      buildings;
             255          (v) providing public or private buildings, infrastructure, structures, and improvements;
             256      and
             257          (vi) providing improvements of public or private recreation areas and other public
             258      grounds.
             259          (b) "Urban renewal" means "redevelopment," as defined under the law in effect before
             260      May 1, 2006, if the context requires.
             261          Section 2. Section 17C-1-203 is amended to read:
             262           17C-1-203. Agency board -- Quorum.
             263          (1) The governing body of an agency is a board consisting of the current members of
             264      the legislative body of the community that created the agency.
             265          (2) A majority of board members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of agency
             266      business.
             267          (3) An agency board may not adopt a resolution, pass a motion, or take any other
             268      official board action without the concurrence of at least a majority of the board members
             269      present at a meeting at which a quorum is present.
             270          (4) The mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of government,
             271      as described in Subsection 10-3-101 (2):
             272          (a) serves as the executive director of an agency created by the municipality; and
             273          (b) exercises the executive powers of the agency.
             274          Section 3. Section 17C-2-102 is amended to read:
             275           17C-2-102. Process for adopting urban renewal project area plan -- Prerequisites
             276      -- Restrictions.
             277          (1) (a) In order to adopt an urban renewal project area plan, after adopting a resolution
             278      under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) the agency shall:
             279          (i) unless a finding of blight is based on a finding made under Subsection
             280      17C-2-303 (1)(b) relating to an inactive industrial site or inactive airport site:
             281          (A) cause a blight study to be conducted within the survey area as provided in Section


             282      17C-2-301 ;
             283          (B) provide notice of a blight hearing as required under Part 5, Urban Renewal Notice
             284      Requirements; and
             285          (C) hold a blight hearing as provided in Section 17C-2-302 ;
             286          (ii) after the blight hearing has been held or, if no blight hearing is required under
             287      Subsection (1)(a)(i), after adopting a resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1), hold a board
             288      meeting at which the board shall:
             289          (A) consider:
             290          (I) the issue of blight and the evidence and information relating to the existence or
             291      nonexistence of blight; and
             292          (II) whether adoption of one or more urban renewal project area plans should be
             293      pursued; and
             294          (B) by resolution:
             295          (I) make a finding regarding the existence of blight in the proposed urban renewal
             296      project area;
             297          (II) select one or more project areas comprising part or all of the survey area; and
             298          (III) authorize the preparation of a draft project area plan for each project area;
             299          (iii) prepare a draft of a project area plan and conduct any examination, investigation,
             300      and negotiation regarding the project area plan that the agency considers appropriate;
             301          (iv) make the draft project area plan available to the public at the agency's offices during
             302      normal business hours;
             303          (v) provide notice of the plan hearing as provided in Sections 17C-2-502 and
             304      17C-2-504 ;
             305          (vi) hold a public hearing on the draft project area plan and, at that public hearing:
             306          (A) allow public comment on:
             307          (I) the draft project area plan; and
             308          (II) whether the draft project area plan should be revised, approved, or rejected; and
             309          (B) receive all written and hear all oral objections to the draft project area plan;


             310          (vii) before holding the plan hearing, provide an opportunity for the State Board of
             311      Education and each taxing entity that levies a tax on property within the proposed project area
             312      to consult with the agency regarding the draft project area plan;
             313          (viii) if applicable, hold the election required under Subsection 17C-2-105 (3);
             314          (ix) after holding the plan hearing, at the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting
             315      consider:
             316          (A) the oral and written objections to the draft project area plan and evidence and
             317      testimony for and against adoption of the draft project area plan; and
             318          (B) whether to revise, approve, or reject the draft project area plan;
             319          (x) approve the draft project area plan, with or without revisions, as the project area
             320      plan by a resolution that complies with Section 17C-2-106 ; and
             321          (xi) submit the project area plan to the community legislative body for adoption.
             322          (b) (i) If an agency makes a finding under Subsection (1)(a)(ii)(B) that blight exists in
             323      the proposed urban renewal project area, the agency may not adopt the project area plan until
             324      the taxing entity committee approves the finding of blight.
             325          (ii) (A) A taxing entity committee may not disapprove an agency's finding of blight
             326      unless the committee demonstrates that the conditions the agency found to exist in the urban
             327      renewal project area that support the agency's finding of blight under Section 17C-2-303 :
             328          (I) do not exist; or
             329          (II) do not constitute blight.
             330          (B) (I) If the taxing entity committee questions or disputes the existence of some or all
             331      of the blight conditions that the agency found to exist in the urban renewal project area or that
             332      those conditions constitute blight, the taxing entity committee may hire a consultant, mutually
             333      agreed upon by the taxing entity committee and the agency, with the necessary expertise to
             334      assist the taxing entity committee to make a determination as to the existence of the questioned
             335      or disputed blight conditions.
             336          (II) The agency shall pay the fees and expenses of each consultant hired under
             337      Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(B)(I).


             338          (III) The findings of a consultant under this Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(B) shall be binding on
             339      the taxing entity committee and the agency.
             340          (2) An agency may not propose a project area plan under Subsection (1) unless the
             341      community in which the proposed project area is located:
             342          (a) has a planning commission; and
             343          (b) has adopted a general plan under:
             344          (i) if the community is a city or town, Title 10, Chapter 9a, Part 4, General Plan; or
             345          (ii) if the community is a county, Title 17, Chapter 27a, Part 4, General Plan.
             346          (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), an agency board may not approve a project area
             347      plan more than one year after adoption of a resolution making a finding of blight under
             348      Subsection (1)(a)(ii)(B).
             349          (b) If a project area plan is submitted to an election under Subsection 17C-2-105 (3), the
             350      time between the plan hearing and the date of the election does not count for purposes of
             351      calculating the year period under Subsection (3)(a).
             352          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a draft project area plan may not be
             353      modified to add real property to the proposed project area unless the board holds a plan hearing
             354      to consider the addition and gives notice of the plan hearing as required under Sections
             355      17C-2-502 and 17C-2-504 .
             356          (b) The notice and hearing requirements under Subsection (4)(a) do not apply to a draft
             357      project area plan being modified to add real property to the proposed project area if:
             358          (i) the property is contiguous to the property already included in the proposed project
             359      area under the draft project area plan;
             360          (ii) the record owner of the property consents to adding the real property to the
             361      proposed project area; and
             362          (iii) the property is located within the survey area.
             363          Section 4. Section 17C-2-301 is amended to read:
             364           17C-2-301. Blight study -- Requirements -- Deadline.
             365          (1) Each blight study required under Subsection 17C-2-102 (1)(a)(i)(A) shall:


             366          (a) undertake a parcel by parcel survey of the survey area;
             367          (b) provide data so the board and taxing entity committee may determine:
             368          (i) whether the conditions described in Subsection 17C-2-303 (1):
             369          (A) exist in part or all of the survey area; and
             370          (B) qualify an area within the survey area as a project area; and
             371          (ii) whether the survey area contains all or part of a superfund site [or], an inactive
             372      industrial site, or inactive airport site;
             373          (c) include a written report setting forth:
             374          (i) the conclusions reached;
             375          (ii) any recommended area within the survey area qualifying as a project area; and
             376          (iii) any other information requested by the agency to determine whether an urban
             377      renewal project area is feasible; and
             378          (d) be completed within one year after the adoption of the survey area resolution.
             379          (2) (a) If a blight study is not completed within one year after the adoption of the
             380      resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) designating a survey area, the agency may not
             381      approve an urban renewal project area plan based on that blight study unless it first adopts a
             382      new resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1).
             383          (b) A new resolution under Subsection (2)(a) shall in all respects be considered to be a
             384      resolution under Subsection 17C-2-101 (1) adopted for the first time, except that any actions
             385      taken toward completing a blight study under the resolution that the new resolution replaces
             386      shall be considered to have been taken under the new resolution.
             387          Section 5. Section 17C-2-303 is amended to read:
             388           17C-2-303. Conditions on board determination of blight -- Conditions of blight
             389      caused by the developer.
             390          (1) An agency board may not make a finding of blight in a resolution under Subsection
             391      17C-2-102 (1)(a)(ii)(B) unless the board finds that:
             392          (a) (i) the proposed project area consists predominantly of nongreenfield parcels;
             393          (ii) the proposed project area is currently zoned for urban purposes and generally


             394      served by utilities;
             395          (iii) at least 50% of the parcels within the proposed project area contain nonagricultural
             396      or nonaccessory buildings or improvements used or intended for residential, commercial,
             397      industrial, or other urban purposes, or any combination of those uses;
             398          (iv) the present condition or use of the proposed project area substantially impairs the
             399      sound growth of the municipality, retards the provision of housing accommodations, or
             400      constitutes an economic liability or is detrimental to the public health, safety, or welfare, as
             401      shown by the existence within the proposed project area of at least four of the following factors:
             402          (A) one of the following, although sometimes interspersed with well maintained
             403      buildings and infrastructure:
             404          (I) substantial physical dilapidation, deterioration, or defective construction of buildings
             405      or infrastructure; or
             406          (II) significant noncompliance with current building code, safety code, health code, or
             407      fire code requirements or local ordinances;
             408          (B) unsanitary or unsafe conditions in the proposed project area that threaten the health,
             409      safety, or welfare of the community;
             410          (C) environmental hazards, as defined in state or federal law, that require remediation as
             411      a condition for current or future use and development;
             412          (D) excessive vacancy, abandoned buildings, or vacant lots within an area zoned for
             413      urban use and served by utilities;
             414          (E) abandoned or outdated facilities that pose a threat to public health, safety, or
             415      welfare;
             416          (F) criminal activity in the project area, higher than that of comparable nonblighted
             417      areas in the municipality or county; and
             418          (G) defective or unusual conditions of title rendering the title nonmarketable; and
             419          (v) (A) at least 50% of the parcels within the proposed project area are affected by at
             420      least one of the factors, but not necessarily the same factor, listed in Subsection (1)(a)(iv); and
             421          (B) the affected parcels comprise at least 66% of the acreage of the proposed project


             422      area; or
             423          (b) the proposed project area includes some or all of a superfund site [or an], inactive
             424      industrial site, or inactive airport site.
             425          (2) No single parcel comprising 10% or more of the acreage of the proposed project
             426      area may be counted as satisfying Subsection (1)(a)(iii) or (iv) unless at least 50% of the area of
             427      that parcel is occupied by buildings or improvements.
             428          (3) (a) For purposes of Subsection (1), if a developer involved in the urban renewal
             429      project has caused a condition listed in Subsection (1)(a)(iv) within the proposed project area,
             430      that condition may not be used in the determination of blight.
             431          (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not apply to a condition that was caused by an owner or
             432      tenant who becomes a developer.
             433          Section 6. Coordinating S.B. 294 with S.B. 20 -- Technically merging
             434      amendments.
             435          If this S.B. 294 and S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, both pass, it is the
             436      intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             437      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, modify Subsection 17C-1-203 (4), as
             438      amended in this bill, to read:
             439          "(4) The mayor of a municipality operating under a council-mayor form of government,
             440      as defined in Section 10-3b-102 :
             441          (a) serves as the executive director of an agency created by the municipality; and
             442          (b) exercises the executive powers of the agency."


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