Substitute Senate Bill No. 1044

Public Act No. 99-35

An Act Concerning Neighborhood Revitalization Zones.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 7-602 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The strategic plan shall not be implemented unless approved by ordinance of the legislative body of the municipality. Such ordinance shall create a neighborhood revitalization zone committee for the neighborhood and establish the [powers and] membership of the committee, provided the categories of membership shall be consistent with the categories of membership of the neighborhood revitalization planning committee and consistent with any recommendations of the neighborhood revitalization planning committee.

(b) The neighborhood revitalization zone committee shall submit a report on the implementation of the strategic plan to the chief executive official and the legislative body of the municipality and to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management at intervals of six months in the first year after adoption of the ordinance and annually thereafter. Any amendment to the strategic plan made subsequent to the date of enactment of the ordinance shall be adopted by the neighborhood revitalization zone committee and the municipality in accordance with the procedures set forth in subsections (c) and (d) of section 7-601 and shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for review. After the date of approval of the amendment by the legislative body of the municipality, any report required to be made pursuant to this section shall include information concerning the amendment. An amendment to a strategic plan shall be deemed to be a concept or proposal not reflected within the scope of the plan as originally adopted by ordinance of the municipality.

Sec. 2. Section 7-605 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [Any municipality with] After enacting a resolution establishing a neighborhood revitalization zone, [program] a municipality may establish a process to request that a state or local official waive the application of any provision of state and local environmental, health and safety codes and regulations that unreasonably jeopardize implementation of a strategic plan adopted under section 7-602, except a provision necessary to comply with federal law. Any waiver shall not create a substantial threat to the environment, public health, safety or welfare of the residents and occupants of the neighborhood. Any request for a waiver shall identify the state or local code or regulation for which the waiver is sought and shall include [requirements] recommendations for alternate [measures] requirements to replace the standard being waived in the existing code or regulation.

(b) A neighborhood revitalization zone committee may determine, by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting scheduled for such purpose and conducted within the boundaries of the zone, if practical, that a provision of a state or local environmental, health [and] or safety code or regulation jeopardizes implementation of the strategic plan and may request a waiver of such provision, provided such request complies with subsection (a) of this section. The committee shall [provide notice of its decision] forward such waiver request to the chief executive official of the municipality. Within five business days of receipt of the [notice] request, the chief executive official shall forward a copy [of the decision] thereof to the local official responsible for code enforcement, if any, and to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. [who] If the request is for waiver of a state code or regulation, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall, within five business days of receipt, notify the state official responsible for enforcement of the code or regulation that a provision of such code or regulation is requested to be waived. The state official or local official shall conduct a public hearing on the waiver within [ten] thirty calendar days of receipt of the request at a place determined by the chief executive official. Within [five] fifteen business days of the conclusion of the hearing, the state official or local official shall notify, in writing, the chief executive official of his decision. The decision of the state official or local official shall be final.

(c) Any abandoned or vacant property located in a neighborhood revitalization zone established pursuant to sections 7-600 to 7-602, inclusive, as amended by this act, shall be deemed to be in continuous use for purposes of enforcement of state or local environmental, health and safety codes or regulations.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved May 27, 1999

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