469.004 COUNTY AND MULTICOUNTY AUTHORITIES.
Subdivision 1. Preliminary county findings and declaration.
There is created in each
county in this state other than those counties in which a county housing authority has been created
by special act, a public body, corporate and politic, to be known as the housing and redevelopment
authority of that county, hereinafter referred to as "county authority." No county authority shall
transact any business or exercise any powers until the governing body of the county, by resolution,
finds that there is need for a county authority to function in the county. The governing body shall
consider the need for a county authority to function (1) on the governing body's own motion or (2)
upon the filing of a petition signed by 25 qualified voters of the county asserting that there is need
for a county authority to function in the county and requesting that the governing body so declare.
The governing body shall adopt a resolution declaring that there is need for a county authority to
function in the county if it makes the findings required in section
469.003, subdivision 1
Subd. 1a. Ramsey County authority.
Ramsey County may exercise the powers of a housing
and redevelopment authority. Before the commencement of a project by Ramsey County acting
as a housing and redevelopment authority, the governing body of the municipality in which the
project is to be located shall, by majority vote, approve the project as recommended by the
authority. A resolution of the county board may provide that the board will constitute the county
housing and redevelopment authority.
Subd. 2. Multicounty authorities.
If the governing body of each of two or more cities or
counties, or combinations of cities and counties, hereinafter referred to as "political subdivisions,"
by resolution declares that there is a need for one housing and redevelopment authority to exercise
in those political subdivisions the powers and other functions prescribed for a multicounty
housing and redevelopment authority, a public body corporate and politic to be known as a
multicounty housing and redevelopment authority shall exist for all of those political subdivisions.
That authority shall exercise its powers and other functions in those political subdivisions in lieu
of the authority for each such political subdivision.
Subd. 3. Findings.
The governing body shall make that declaration if it finds (1) that
substandard, slum, or deteriorated areas exist in the political subdivision which cannot be
redeveloped without government assistance, or there is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary
dwelling accommodations available to persons of low income at rentals or prices they can
afford, and (2) that a multicounty authority would be a more effective, efficient or economical
administrative unit than the housing and redevelopment authority of the political subdivision to
carry out the purposes of sections
, in the political subdivision.
In determining whether dwelling accommodations are unsafe or unsanitary a governing body
may take into consideration the factors provided in section
Subd. 4. Sufficiency and conclusiveness of resolution.
When the resolution becomes
finally effective, it shall be deemed sufficient and conclusive for all purposes if it declares that
there is need for a county or multicounty authority and finds in substantially the terms provided in
subdivision 3 that the conditions therein described exist.
Subd. 5. Function of authority.
A county or multicounty housing authority will serve,
program, develop, and manage all housing programs under its jurisdiction. Where a county or
multicounty authority has been established, additional city housing and redevelopment authorities
shall not be created within the area of operation of the county or multicounty authority without
the explicit concurrence of the county or multicounty housing and redevelopment authority and
the commissioner of employment and economic development. City housing and redevelopment
authorities must petition the county or multicounty authority for authorization to establish a local
housing authority and this petition must be approved by the commissioner of employment and
economic development. This subdivision does not apply if a county or multicounty authority
has not initiated or does not have in progress an active program or has not applied for a public
housing, Section 8, or redevelopment program from the federal government for a period of 12
months after its establishment.
Subd. 6. Copy filed with commissioner of employment and economic development.
When the resolution becomes finally effective, the clerk of the political subdivision shall file a
certified copy with the commissioner of employment and economic development. The provisions
469.003, subdivision 4
, regarding establishment of authorities apply to filings under
History: 1987 c 291 s 4; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 26 subd 2; 1987 c 384 art 3 s 31; 1990 c 532 s 4;
1992 c 511 art 9 s 16,17; 1994 c 587 art 9 s 2; 1Sp2003 c 4 s 1