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12-5244. Same; creation of incentive districts; resolution of required findings; review by secretary of commerce and housing. (a) The governing body of any city or county is hereby authorized to designate rural housing incentive districts within such city or county. Any city governing body may designate one or more such districts in such city, and any county governing body may designate one or more such districts in any part of the unincorporated territory of such county. Prior to making such a designation, the governing body shall conduct a housing needs analysis to determine what, if any, housing needs exist within its community. After conducting the analysis, the governing body shall adopt a resolution containing a legal description of the proposed district, a map depicting the existing parcels of real estate in the proposed district, and a statement of the following findings and determinations:

(1) There is a shortage of quality housing of various price ranges in the city or county despite the best efforts of public and private housing developers;

(2) The shortage of quality housing can be expected to persist and that additional financial incentives are necessary in order to encourage the private sector to construct or renovate housing in such city or county;

(3) The shortage of quality housing is a substantial deterrent to the future economic growth and development of such city or county; and

(4) The future economic well-being of the city or county depends on the governing body providing additional incentives for the construction or renovation of quality housing in such city or county.

(b) The resolution containing the findings contained in subsection (a) shall be published at least once in the official newspaper of the city or county.

(c) Upon publication of the resolution as provided in subsection (b), the governing body shall send a certified copy of the resolution to the secretary, requesting that the secretary review the resolution and advise the governing body whether the secretary agrees with the findings contained therein. If the secretary advises the governing body in writing that the secretary agrees with each of the findings of the governing body, the governing body may proceed to establish the district as set forth in this act. If the secretary fails to agree with the findings, the secretary shall advise the governing body in writing of the specific reasons therefor.

History: L. 1998, ch. 66, ยง 4; July 1.

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