BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Duluth City Council (the council), as follows:
Section 1. Recitals. The council hereby finds, determines, and declares as follows:
1.01 The council desires to promote development and redevelopment of property for housing within the city of Duluth, Minnesota (the city).
1.02 In order to promote such development, the Duluth economic development authority (DEDA) established and the council approved, a redevelopment plan/municipal development district within the city (the project) and adopted a redevelopment plan/municipal development district program plan therefor (the plan) pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.001 through 469.047 (the act), and Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.124 through 469.134 (the development district act).
1.03 In order to finance public improvements and encourage investment throughout the city, the council is considering the modification of the plan by increasing the area of the project (as modified, the modified project) to include the real property within the boundaries of the city of Duluth as described on Exhibit A and shown on Exhibit B, all pursuant to and in accordance with the act and the development district act.
1.04 DEDA has transmitted a copy of the modification to the plan to the council) and the city’s planning commission (the planning commission) in a document entitled, “Modification to Redevelopment Plan/municipal Development District Program Plan Dated May 15, 1989” (the modified plan).
1.05 The planning commission has reviewed the modified plan and, by resolution dated September 14, 2004, has issued a written opinion to DEDA regarding the modified plan.
1.06 Pursuant to Sections 469.027, Subdivision 6 and 469.126, Subdivision 1, on October 12, 2004, DEDA and the city council held a joint public hearing on the modified plan and heard the views of all interested parties.
1.07 Pursuant to Sections 469.027, Subdivision 6 and 469.126, Subdivision 1, on October 12, 2004, DEDA adopted the modified plan.
Section 2. Intent. The council hereby declares its intent to use the powers granted to it by the act and the development district act to achieve the objectives thereof.
Section 3. Findings. The council hereby finds and determines as follows:
3.01 The modified plan sets forth definite local objectives, activities and development techniques which comport with appropriate land use.
3.02 The modified plan sets forth general land uses and general standards of development and redevelopment.
3.06 Based on information set forth in the modified plan, the modification to the Project described therein conforms to the general plan for the development or redevelopment of the city as a whole.
Section 4. Approval.
4.01 The modified plan is hereby approved.
4.02 The geographic boundary of the Modified project which is described in the modified plan, is hereby adopted and approved.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution approves the modification to the Redevelopment plan/municipal development district program plan by increasing the area of the project to expand project to include the entire city of Duluth. This allows DEDA to utilize tax increment financing in areas that had been outside the boundaries of the project and allows tax-increment assistance for housing developments in those areas as well.