Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1770
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/04/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Community Affairs (Rodriguez) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 50 and 51
    4  insert:
    5         Section 1. Subsection (8) of section 163.340, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         163.340 Definitions.—The following terms, wherever used or
    8  referred to in this part, have the following meanings:
    9         (8) “Blighted area” means an area in which there are a
   10  substantial number of deteriorated or deteriorating structures;
   11  in which conditions, as indicated by government-maintained
   12  statistics or other studies, endanger life or property or are
   13  leading to economic distress; and in which two or more of the
   14  following factors are present:
   15         (a) Predominance of defective or inadequate street layout,
   16  parking facilities, roadways, bridges, or public transportation
   17  facilities.
   18         (b) Aggregate assessed values of real property in the area
   19  for ad valorem tax purposes have failed to show any appreciable
   20  increase over the 5 years prior to the finding of such
   21  conditions.
   22         (c) Faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy,
   23  accessibility, or usefulness.
   24         (d) Unsanitary or unsafe conditions.
   25         (e) Deterioration of site or other improvements.
   26         (f) Inadequate and outdated building density patterns.
   27         (g) Falling lease rates per square foot of office,
   28  commercial, or industrial space compared to the remainder of the
   29  county or municipality.
   30         (h) Tax or special assessment delinquency exceeding the
   31  fair value of the land.
   32         (i) Residential and commercial vacancy rates higher in the
   33  area than in the remainder of the county or municipality.
   34         (j) Incidence of crime in the area higher than in the
   35  remainder of the county or municipality.
   36         (k) Fire and emergency medical service calls to the area
   37  proportionately higher than in the remainder of the county or
   38  municipality.
   39         (l) A greater number of violations of the Florida Building
   40  Code in the area than the number of violations recorded in the
   41  remainder of the county or municipality.
   42         (m) Diversity of ownership or defective or unusual
   43  conditions of title which prevent the free alienability of land
   44  within the deteriorated or hazardous area.
   45         (n) Governmentally owned property with adverse
   46  environmental conditions caused by a public or private entity.
   47         (o) A substantial number or percentage of properties
   48  damaged by sinkhole activity which have not been adequately
   49  repaired or stabilized.
   50         (p) Rates of unemployment higher in the area than in the
   51  remainder of the county or municipality.
   52         (q) Rates of poverty higher in the area than in the
   53  remainder of the county or municipality.
   54         (r) Rates of foreclosure higher in the area than in the
   55  remainder of the county or municipality.
   56         (s) Rates of infant mortality higher in the area than in
   57  the remainder of the county or municipality.
   59  However, the term “blighted area” also means any area in which
   60  at least one of the factors identified in paragraphs (a) through
   61  (o) is present and all taxing authorities subject to s.
   62  163.387(2)(a) agree, either by interlocal agreement with the
   63  agency or by resolution, that the area is blighted. Such
   64  agreement or resolution must be limited to a determination that
   65  the area is blighted. For purposes of qualifying for the tax
   66  credits authorized in chapter 220, “blighted area” means an area
   67  as defined in this subsection.
   68         Section 2. Subsection (3) of section 163.524, Florida
   69  Statutes, is amended to read:
   70         163.524 Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement Program;
   71  participation; creation of Neighborhood Preservation and
   72  Enhancement Districts; creation of Neighborhood Councils and
   73  Neighborhood Enhancement Plans.—
   74         (3) After the boundaries and size of the Neighborhood
   75  Preservation and Enhancement District have been defined, the
   76  local government shall pass an ordinance authorizing the
   77  creation of the Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement
   78  District. The ordinance shall contain a finding that the
   79  boundaries of the Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement
   80  District comply with s. 163.340(7) or (8)(a)-(s) (8)(a)-(o) or
   81  do not contain properties that are protected by deed
   82  restrictions. Such ordinance may be amended or repealed in the
   83  same manner as other local ordinances.
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   86  And the title is amended as follows:
   87         Between lines 2 and 3
   88  insert:
   89         amending s. 163.340, F.S.; revising the definition of
   90         the term “blighted area”; amending s. 163.524, F.S.;
   91         conforming a cross-reference;