blighted areas

  • "Blighted areas" means areas that, by reason of deterioration, faulty planning, inadequate or improper facilities, deleterious land use or the existence of unsafe structures, or any combination of these factors, are detrimental to the safety, health or welfare of the community. A blighted area is characterized by the existence of one or more of the following conditions:

    (a) The existence of buildings and structures, used or intended to be used for living, commercial, industrial or other purposes, or any combination of those uses, that are unfit or unsafe to occupy for those purposes because of any one or a combination of the following conditions:

    (A) Defective design and quality of physical construction;

    (B) Faulty interior arrangement and exterior spacing;

    (C) Overcrowding and a high density of population;

    (D) Inadequate provision for ventilation, light, sanitation, open spaces and recreation facilities; or

    (E) Obsolescence, deterioration, dilapidation, mixed character or shifting of uses;

    (b) An economic dislocation, deterioration or disuse of property resulting from faulty planning;

    (c) The division or subdivision and sale of property or lots of irregular form and shape and inadequate size or dimensions for property usefulness and development;

    (d) The laying out of property or lots in disregard of contours, drainage and other physical characteristics of the terrain and surrounding conditions;

    (e) The existence of inadequate streets and other rights of way, open spaces and utilities;

    (f) The existence of property or lots or other areas that are subject to inundation by water;

    (g) A prevalence of depreciated values, impaired investments and social and economic maladjustments to such an extent that the capacity to pay taxes is reduced and tax receipts are inadequate for the cost of public services rendered;

    (h) A growing or total lack of proper utilization of areas, resulting in a stagnant and unproductive condition of land potentially useful and valuable for contributing to the public health, safety and welfare; or

    (i) A loss of population and reduction of proper utilization of the area, resulting in its further deterioration and added costs to the taxpayer for the creation of new public facilities and services elsewhere.

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