URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACTION AREA PROJECT
GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW--URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Article 16 (excerpt)
691. POLICY AND PURPOSES OF ARTICLE
There exist in many municipalities within this state municipally-owned areas which were acquired pursuant to the urban renewal powers delineated in article fifteen of this chapter or through condemnation for projects now abandoned or as a direct result of previous landowners' failure to meet in full their real estate tax or other obligations or through proceedings relating to abandoned multiple dwellings. These areas are residential, non-residential, commercial, industrial or vacant areas, and combinations thereof, which are slum or blighted, or which are becoming slum or blighted areas because of substandard, insanitary, deteriorated or deteriorating conditions, factors, and characteristics, with or without tangible physical blight. The existence of such areas constitutes a serious and growing menace, is injurious to the public safety, health, morals and welfare, contributes increasingly to the spread of crime, juvenile delinquency and disease, necessitates excessive and disproportionate expenditures of public funds for all forms of public service and maintenance and constitutes a negative influence on adjacent properties impairing their economic soundness and stability, thereby threatening the source of public revenues.
In order to protect and promote the safety, health, morals and welfare of the people of the state and to promote the sound growth and development of our municipalities, it is necessary to provide incentives for the correction of such substandard, insanitary, blighted, deteriorated or deteriorating conditions, factors, and characteristics by the clearance, replanning, reconstruction, redevelopment, rehabilitation, restoration or conservation of such areas, the undertaking of public and private improvement programs related thereto and the encouragement and participation in these programs by private enterprise.
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