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DUBLIN, GA

SUMMARY OF GEORGIA’S URBAN REDEVELOPMENT ACT (O.C.G.A 36-61-1)

PURPOSE

  • Gives cities broad powers to redevelop blighted or threatened areas of the community.

  • Allows communities to use eminent domain to buy and assemble

property for revitalization and resale.

  • Encourages involvement of private enterprise and use of public/private

partnerships to redevelop selected areas of the community.

  • Allows the city to negotiate variances or wave other requirements of its existing zoning and development requirements in order to achieve the optimum economic and aesthetic results in the redevelopment area.

  • Guides city investments in infrastructure to support redevelopment.

  • Lets the public and developers know what is being

planned for the redevelopment area.

  • Permits use of tax-exempt bonds for redevelopment purposes.

PROCESS

• Draft an urban redevelopment plan (a general blueprint for redevelopment and targeting of public investments in the redevelopment area).

  • Hold a public hearing.

  • Adopt the plan.

  • Appoint an organization (urban redevelopment authority, Downtown Development

Authority, or city redevelopment agency) to implement the plan.

  • Implement the plan.

APPENDIX

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