The legislature finds that many subsurface areas of the state have a largely undeveloped potential to be mined for the development of underground space. The development and redevelopment of mined underground space makes use of the state's special geologic resources, fosters wise land use, especially in built-up urban areas, encourages commercial and industrial development, increases employment opportunities, enhances the tax base, contributes to the preservation of agricultural and other open lands, permits more energy efficient development, and promotes and protects the public welfare.
Therefore, the legislature finds that it is in the public interest to authorize cities to encourage, promote, and enable both public and private development of mined underground space and to authorize cities to protect both subsurface areas potentially suitable for development and existing mined underground space.
HIST: 1987 c 291 s 136
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