Section: Voluntary surrender of license
12. The Legislature finds and declares that:
a. There are areas within certain municipalities in this State that deter private capital investment because of the deteriorating condition of the land, buildings and infrastructure within those areas, or that have not experienced private capital investment due to inadequate infrastructure or adverse economic conditions.
b. These areas also create an economic burden for the municipality due to the limited tax base and underutilization of resources.
c. The scarcity of resources available to municipalities for redevelopment has severely hampered these municipalities' ability to rehabilitate these areas.
d. In order to redevelop these areas in a beneficial manner, municipalities should be provided the means to finance certain costs of redevelopment so as to open new avenues for private investment; stimulate commercial, industrial, recreational, cultural, entertainment, civic and educational enterprise; and create favorable conditions for increases in economic activity, property values, employment opportunities and the provision of affordable housing.
e. The use of new redevelopment tools as a catalyst for economic revitalization can be maximized if employed in conjunction with the redevelopment planning process established pursuant to P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-1 et al.).
f. The State should consider, where appropriate, one or more of the following: whether the redevelopment project or plan promotes approaches and concepts to reduce congestion; enhance mobility; assist in the redevelopment of our municipalities; and otherwise improve the quality of life of our citizens.
g. It is, therefore, in the public interest to authorize the use of revenue allocation financing by municipalities and the dedication of payments in lieu of taxes toward the retirement of debt incurred in redevelopment, as set forth hereunder, to encourage private investment within areas that are blighted or in need of redevelopment or would otherwise remain unused.
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