Subdivision 1. Generally.
, the terms defined in this section
have the meanings given to them herein, unless the context indicates a different meaning.
Subd. 2. Authority.
"Authority" means a housing and redevelopment authority created or
authorized to be created by sections
Subd. 3. City.
"City" means a home rule charter or statutory city.
Subd. 4. State public body.
"State public body" means any city, county, commission,
district, authority, or other political subdivision or instrumentality of this state.
Subd. 5. Governing body.
"Governing body" means the council, board of trustees, or other
body charged with governing any state public body.
Subd. 6. Mayor.
"Mayor" means the mayor of a city.
Subd. 7. Clerk.
"Clerk" means the clerk of a city or the officer of any other state public body
charged with the duties customarily imposed on the clerk of a city.
Subd. 8. Area of operation.
"Area of operation" means, in the case of an authority created
in and for a city, county, or group of counties, the area within the territorial boundaries of that
city, county, or group of counties.
Subd. 9. Federal government.
"Federal government" includes the United States of America,
the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or any other department, agency, or
instrumentality of the United States of America.
Subd. 10. Federal legislation.
"Federal legislation" includes the United States Housing Act
of 1937, United States Code, title 42, sections 1401 to 1440, as amended through December 31,
1998; the National Housing Act, United States Code, title 12, sections 1701 to 1750g, as amended
through December 31, 1989; and any other legislation of the Congress of the United States
relating to federal assistance for clearance or rehabilitation of substandard or blighted areas, land
assembly, redevelopment projects, or housing.
Subd. 11. Blighted area.
"Blighted area" means any area with buildings or improvements
which, by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding, faulty arrangement or design,
lack of ventilation, light, and sanitary facilities, excessive land coverage, deleterious land use,
or obsolete layout, or any combination of these or other factors, are detrimental to the safety,
health, morals, or welfare of the community.
Subd. 12. Project.
"Project" means a housing project, a housing development project or a
redevelopment project, or any combination of those projects. The term "project" also may be
applied to all real and personal property, assets, cash, or other funds, held or used in connection
with the development or operation of the project. The term "project" also includes an interest
reduction program authorized by section
469.012, subdivision 7
Subd. 13. Housing project.
"Housing project" means any work or undertaking to provide
decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for persons of low income and their families.
Such work or undertaking may include acquisition or provision of buildings, land,
equipment, facilities, and other real or personal property for necessary, convenient, or
desirable appurtenances, streets, sewers, water service, utilities, site preparation, landscaping,
administrative, community, health, recreational, welfare, or other purposes.
"Housing project" also includes the planning of the buildings and improvements, the
acquisition of property, the demolition or removal of existing structures, the construction,
reconstruction, alteration, and repair of the improvements and all other work in connection
Subd. 14. Redevelopment project.
"Redevelopment project" means any work or
(1) to acquire blighted areas and other real property for the purpose of removing, preventing,
or reducing blight, blighting factors, or the causes of blight;
(2) to clear any areas acquired and install, construct or reconstruct streets, utilities, and site
improvements essential to the preparation of sites for uses in accordance with the redevelopment
(3) to sell or lease land so acquired for uses in accordance with the redevelopment plan;
(4) to prepare a redevelopment plan, and to incur initiation, planning, survey and other
administrative costs of a redevelopment project, and to prepare technical and financial plans
and arrangements for buildings, structures, and improvements and all other work in connection
(5) to conduct an urban renewal project. The term "urban renewal project" may include
undertakings and activities for the elimination or for the prevention of the development or
spread of slums or blighted or deteriorating areas and may involve any work or undertaking for
that purpose constituting a redevelopment project or any rehabilitation or conservation work.
For this purpose, "rehabilitation or conservation work" may include (i) carrying out plans for a
program of voluntary or compulsory repair and rehabilitation of buildings or other improvements;
(ii) acquisition of real property and demolition, removal, or rehabilitation of buildings and
improvements thereon where necessary to eliminate unhealthful, unsanitary or unsafe conditions,
lessen density, reduce traffic hazards, eliminate obsolete or other uses detrimental to the public
welfare, or to otherwise remove or prevent the spread of blight or deterioration, to promote
historic and architectural preservation, or to provide land for needed public facilities; (iii)
installation, construction, or reconstruction of streets, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other
improvements necessary for carrying out the objectives of the urban renewal project; (iv) the
disposition, for uses in accordance with the objectives of the urban renewal project, of any
property or part thereof acquired in the area of the project; provided that the disposition shall be
in the manner prescribed in sections
for the disposition of property in a
redevelopment project area; (v) relocation within or outside the project area of structures that
will be restored and maintained for architectural or historic purposes; (vi) restoration of acquired
properties of historic or architectural value; and (vii) construction of foundations and platforms
necessary for the provision of air rights sites.
The term "redevelopment project" also means a redevelopment project initiated as then
provided by law and approved by the governing body of the city prior to July 1, 1951, as
prescribed by Minnesota Statutes 1949, section
Subd. 15. Housing development project.
"Housing development project" means any work
or undertaking to provide housing for persons of moderate income and their families. This
work or undertaking may include the planning of building and improvements, the acquisition
of real property which may be needed immediately or in the future for housing purposes, the
construction, reconstruction, alteration and repair of new or existing buildings and the provisions
of all equipment, facilities and other real or personal property for necessary, convenient or
desirable appurtenances, streets, sewers, water service, utilities, site preparation, landscaping,
administrative, community health, recreation or welfare or other purposes.
Subd. 16. Redevelopment plan.
"Redevelopment plan" means a plan approved by the
governing body, or by an agency designated by the governing body for the purpose of approving
such plans or authorized by law to do so, of each city in which any of a redevelopment project is
to be carried out, which plan provides an outline for the development or redevelopment of the
area and is sufficiently complete (1) to indicate its relationship to definite local objectives as to
appropriate land uses; and (2) to indicate general land uses and general standards of development
Subd. 17. Persons of low income and their families.
"Persons of low income and their
families" means persons or families who lack a sufficient income to enable them, without financial
assistance, to live in decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings, without overcrowding.
Subd. 18. Persons of moderate income and their families.
"Persons of moderate income
and their families" means persons and families whose income is not adequate to cause private
enterprise to provide without governmental assistance a substantial supply of decent, safe, and
sanitary housing at rents or prices within their financial means.
Subd. 19. Bonds.
"Bonds" means any bonds, including refunding bonds, notes, interim
certificates, debentures, or other obligations issued by an authority pursuant to sections
Subd. 20. Real property.
"Real property" includes all lands, together with improvements and
fixtures thereon, and property of any nature appurtenant thereto, or used in connection therewith,
and every estate, interest, and right, legal or equitable, therein, including terms for years.
Subd. 21. Obligee of the authority; obligee.
"Obligee of the authority" or "obligee" includes
any bondholder, and the federal government when it is a party to any contract with the authority.
Subd. 22. General plan for the development of the locality as a whole.
"General plan for
the development of the locality as a whole" means a plan adopted by a local planning agency
or approved by the governing body of the city establishing general objectives for the future
use of land in a locality, or if no such plan has been adopted or approved, the general land use
proposals for the development of the locality established from time to time by the local planning
agency or by the governing body of the city.
Subd. 23. Veterans.
"Veterans" has the meaning given in section
, except as
otherwise defined in a contract with the federal government providing for veterans' preferences,
or as may be required by any federal law or regulation as a condition of federal financial
assistance for a project.
Subd. 24. Section 8 program.
"Section 8 program" means an existing housing assistance
payments program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, United States Code,
title 42, section 1437f, as amended.
History: 1987 c 291 s 2; 1990 c 532 s 2,3; 1992 c 376 art 3 s 1; 1999 c 243 art 5 s 37