Section: Notification of proposed contract
a. No municipality shall designate a neighborhood preservation agency or undertake a neighborhood preservation project unless a determination has been made that in the neighborhood preservation area or areas:
(1) Deteriorating conditions have substantially reduced the incentive for private investment and reinvestment;
(2) Dilapidation, deterioration and obsolescence will become a prevalent without governmental aid;
(3) Deteriorating conditions can be reversed; and
(4) The rehabilitation of housing is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare.
The determination shall be made by the planning board of the municipality, or, if there be none, by the governing body. Where the determination is made by the planning board, it shall be subject to approval, disapproval or modification by the governing body of the municipality. The determination shall be submitted by the planning board to the governing body of the municipality in the form of a report and final action thereon shall be taken by the said governing body within 30 days after the submission of said report.
b. Upon making the findings as described in subsection a. hereof, a municipality shall formulate a neighborhood preservation plan, pursuant to such rules and regulations as the commissioner shall prescribe, which shall include but need not be limited to, the following:
(1) A comprehensive strategy for meeting neighborhood preservation needs which specifies both short- and long-term neighborhood objectives in accordance with areawide development planning;
(2) A program which (a) includes activities to be undertaken to meet its neighborhood preservation needs and objectives, together with the estimated costs thereof, (b) indicates resources other than those provided under this act which are expected to be made available toward meeting its identified needs and objectives, and (c) takes into account appropriate environmental factors;
(3) A plan which (a) accurately surveys the condition of the residential housing stock in the neighborhood preservation area or areas, (b) specifies realistic annual goals for the number of residential housing units or persons to be assisted, and (c) indicates the general locations of proposed neighborhood preservation areas with the objective of furthering the restoration and rehabilitation of stable neighborhoods to the maximum extent possible, and assuring the availability of public facilities and services adequate to serve the proposed neighborhood preservation area.
c. Any municipality which plans to carry out a neighborhood preservation program shall provide to the department satisfactory assurances that, prior to initiation of any such program, the governing body has (a) provided citizens with adequate information concerning the amount of funds available for proposed neighborhood preservation and housing activities, as well as the range of activities that may be undertaken and other important program requirements, (b) held public hearings to obtain the views of citizens on neighborhood preservation and housing needs, and (c) provided citizens an adequate opportunity to participate in the development of the neighborhood preservation plan.
d. A neighborhood preservation plan may be modified at any time; provided, that any proposed modification of the neighborhood preservation plan is recommended by resolution of the planning board and approved by resolution of the governing body, and pursuant to regulations as may be prescribed by the commissioner.
e. Any municipality receiving funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 may satisfy the requirements of subsections b., c. and d. of this section by submitting to the commissioner, copies of their community development plan and community development program as approved pursuant to the said act; provided however that whenever the State fund or funds other than such as may be provided to the municipality pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, are utilized to carry out the purposes of this act, the commissioner shall require compliance with the standards as are established pursuant to this act.
L.1975, c. 249, s. 8, eff. Oct. 30, 1975.
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