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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.07 Procedures for Obsolete Areas

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Chapter 11.07
Procedures for Obsolete Areas

Sections:

11.07.010 Findings.
11.07.020 Definition.
11.07.030 Procedure for designating area obsolete.
11.07.040 Application--Contents.
11.07.050 Application--Review.
11.07.060 Recommendation of community development commission.
11.07.070 Eminent domain.
11.07.080 Ordinance to contain findings and declaration.
11.07.090 Public hearing.
11.07.100 Availability of state law.
11.07.110 Declaration--Copy filed with recorder of deeds.

For provisions on redevelopment procedures for blighted areas, see Ch. 11.06

For provisions on the community development agency, see Ch. 3.48

11.07.010 Findings.

It is hereby determined and declared by the board of aldermen that in certain portions of the city obsolete areas exist occasioned by defective design or arrangement of buildings, or the existence of buildings, which, by reason of age, obsolescence, or physical deterioration, have impaired the economic value of areas, and retarded private investment thereon, and such areas are characterized by depreciated values, impaired investments, reduced or negligible income and consequent tax delinquencies; that such conditions are conducive to economic and social liabilities; that the existence of such conditions result in progressive deterioration, loss of population, demolition of residential structures, causes a wasteful expenditure of public funds for policing and delivery of services; that it is possible for individual owners to independently undertake to remedy such conditions; such conditions require the employment of capital on an investment basis; that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of such areas needs to be encouraged on a large-scale basis by private property owners; and that such obsolete areas constitute a menace to the health, safety, morals, and welfare of the citizens of the city. Therefore, the necessity for the provisions herein enacted is hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination to be in the public interest.
(Ord. 57974 1, 1980.)

11.07.020 Definition.

"Obsolete area" means that portion of the city which the board of aldermen determines that by reason of age, obsolescence or physical deterioration, substantial private investment by property owners of governmental controls is necessary to combat ill health, continued deterioration, disease, crime and tax delinquency.
(Ord. 57974 2, 1980.)

11.07.030 Procedure for designating area obsolete.

Any area in the city may be designated as an obsolete district in the following manner:

A. An application shall be submitted to the director of the community development agency. Such application may be submitted by the following:

1. The alderman of the ward within which the proposed area is located; or

2. By a petition signed by 51% or more of the property owners, or by 25 property owners, whichever is less, located within the proposed district.

B. The director of the community development agency, upon receipt of said application shall forthwith, in writing, notify the mayor and the clerk of the board of aldermen that the director has received such an application.
(Ord. 57974 3, 1980.)

11.07.040 Application--Contents.

An application shall contain the following:

A. A legal description of the area by metes and bounds, or other definite designation;

B. An inventory of the structures within the proposed area stating the number of structures, the number of single-family dwellings, and the number of multiple-family dwellings;

C. A statement of the general condition of the structures within the area;

D. A general statement of the nature of the improvements, repairs or alterations needed;

E. A statement of the character, type, and quality of construction.
(Ord. 57974 4, 1980.)

11.07.050 Application--Review.

The director of the community development agency shall immediately forward the application to the community development commission for study and recommendation.
(Ord. 57974 5, 1980.)

11.07.060 Recommendation of community development commission.

The recommendation of the community development commission shall be transmitted to the mayor and the housing and urban development committee of the board of aldermen within 60 days from the date of their receipt of the application:

A. Whether the public purpose as declared in this ordinance will be effectuated by the creation of the area;

B. Whether the creation of the area is in the public interest;

C. Whether the size of the area is practical.
(Ord. 57974 6, 1980.)

11.07.070 Eminent domain.

The board of aldermen shall not determine that it is in the public interest and serves the public purpose as expressed in this chapter that the power of eminent domain be used.
(Ord. 57974 7, 1980.)

11.07.080 Ordinance to contain findings and declaration.

Every ordinance approving an obsolete district shall contain a finding and declaration that the area is in the public interest.
(Ord. 57974 8, 1980.)

11.07.090 Public hearing.

Upon introduction of a bill having as its subject matter an obsolete district into the board of aldermen, the committee to which such bill is referred for consideration may hold a public hearing thereon.
(Ord. 57974 9, 1980.)

11.07.100 Availability of state law.

The provisions of Section 137.112 to 137.114 R.S.Mo. shall be available in an obsolete area created pursuant to this chapter, subject to the procedures set out in Sections 5.26.100 through 5.26.140.
(Ord. 57974 10, 1980.)

11.07.110 Declaration--Copy filed with recorder of deeds.

Upon passage of an obsolete area bill by the Board of Aldermen and approval by the Mayor, the area described within the boundaries contained within the bill shall be declared on obsolete district, and the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall forthwith file a copy of same with the Recorder of Deeds and with the Assessor of the City.
(Ord. 57974 11, 1980.)

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