CHARLESTON — A invoice coping with dilapidated “zombie properties” is awaiting the signature of Gov. Jim Justice.
The West Virginia Home of Delegates handed Senate Invoice 42 final week. The invoice permits municipalities and counties to start courtroom proceedings to power foreclosures to both start or proceed alongside if the property in query is deemed “unsafe, unsanitary, harmful or detrimental to the general public security or welfare.”
“Cities and counties now have one other instrument at their disposal to petition the sale of properties deemed unsafe, harmful or detrimental to the general public security to encourage further improvement,” mentioned Del. Ben Queen, R-Harrison, chairman of the Small Enterprise and Financial Growth Committee, in a launch. “Somewhat than watch these properties sit empty in our communities, this may now enable extra financial improvement on the native degree.”
A property could be deemed unsafe by a municipality’s code enforcement, or by proving no individual lives legally within the constructing, the outside upkeep and main programs of the constructing and surrounding property are in violation of native well being/constructing codes, or if the mortgagor certifies they plan to desert or vacate the property.
Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, lead sponsor of the invoice, mentioned it fills a gap within the toolbox for coping with dilapidated housing and can enable locations like Huntington to enhance their neighborhoods by offering extra inexperienced area and elevated property values.
The governor has 5 days upon receipt of the invoice to both signal it into regulation, veto it or allow it to go to regulation with out his signature.
Senate Invoice 368 authorizes the state Division of Environmental Safety to determine the Reclamation of Deserted and Dilapidated Properties Program. Utilizing a fund established within the invoice, the DEP program would help counties and municipalities to implement redevelopment plans that can, at a minimal, set up prioritized inventories of constructions eligible to take part in this system, provide reuse choices for high-priority websites and suggest actions county commissions or municipalities might take to remediate deserted and dilapidated constructions of their communities. The invoice establishes a particular income account for this system.
SB 311 permits city renewal authorities to buy or in any other case purchase land, like land reuse companies, also called land banks.
Neither invoice has been picked up by their respective committees.
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