SB 148                                          First Engrossed 
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to community redevelopment; amending
    3         s. 163.340, F.S.; expanding the definition of the term
    4         “blighted area” to include land previously used as a
    5         military facility and adjacent to a county-owned
    6         zoological park; providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Subsection (8) of section 163.340, Florida
   11  Statutes, is amended to read:
   12         163.340 Definitions.—The following terms, wherever used or
   13  referred to in this part, have the following meanings:
   14         (8) “Blighted area” means an area in which there are a
   15  substantial number of deteriorated, or deteriorating structures,
   16  in which conditions, as indicated by government-maintained
   17  statistics or other studies, are leading to economic distress or
   18  endanger life or property, and in which two or more of the
   19  following factors are present:
   20         (a) Predominance of defective or inadequate street layout,
   21  parking facilities, roadways, bridges, or public transportation
   22  facilities;
   23         (b) Aggregate assessed values of real property in the area
   24  for ad valorem tax purposes have failed to show any appreciable
   25  increase over the 5 years prior to the finding of such
   26  conditions;
   27         (c) Faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy,
   28  accessibility, or usefulness;
   29         (d) Unsanitary or unsafe conditions;
   30         (e) Deterioration of site or other improvements;
   31         (f) Inadequate and outdated building density patterns;
   32         (g) Falling lease rates per square foot of office,
   33  commercial, or industrial space compared to the remainder of the
   34  county or municipality;
   35         (h) Tax or special assessment delinquency exceeding the
   36  fair value of the land;
   37         (i) Residential and commercial vacancy rates higher in the
   38  area than in the remainder of the county or municipality;
   39         (j) Incidence of crime in the area higher than in the
   40  remainder of the county or municipality;
   41         (k) Fire and emergency medical service calls to the area
   42  proportionately higher than in the remainder of the county or
   43  municipality;
   44         (l) A greater number of violations of the Florida Building
   45  Code in the area than the number of violations recorded in the
   46  remainder of the county or municipality;
   47         (m) Diversity of ownership or defective or unusual
   48  conditions of title which prevent the free alienability of land
   49  within the deteriorated or hazardous area; or
   50         (n) Governmentally owned property with adverse
   51  environmental conditions caused by a public or private entity.
   53  However, the term “blighted area” also means any area in which
   54  at least one of the factors identified in paragraphs (a) through
   55  (n) is are present and all taxing authorities subject to s.
   56  163.387(2)(a) agree, either by interlocal agreement, by or
   57  agreements with the agency, or by resolution, that the area is
   58  blighted, or the area was previously used as a military facility
   59  and is adjacent to a county-owned zoological park. Such
   60  agreement or resolution shall only determine only that the area
   61  is blighted. For purposes of qualifying for the tax credits
   62  authorized in chapter 220, “blighted area” means an area as
   63  defined in this subsection.
   64         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.