[Ord. No. 740 §1(Exh. A), 8-25-2011]
The following Relocation Policy (the "Relocation Policy") shall apply to land acquisitions under the operation of Chapter 99, Chapter 100, or Chapter 353 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended ("RSMo") pursuant to any redevelopment plan, project, or area filed for approval, approved, or amended on or after August 31, 1991 and which proposes or includes within its provisions or necessitates displacement of persons, when such displacement is not subject to the provisions of the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (42 U.S.C. Sections 4601 to 4655, as amended) or to Subsection 1 of Section 523.205, RSMo., as well as to land acquisitions undertaken through condemnation proceedings initiated by the City or any entity acting by and through the City after December 31, 2006.
Definitions. As used herein, the following terms shall mean:
- Any lawful activity that is conducted:
- 1. Primarily for the purchase, sale or use of personal or real property or for the manufacture, processing or marketing of products or commodities; or
- 2. Primarily for the sale of services to the public; or
- 3. On a not-for-profit basis by any organization that has obtained an exemption from the payment of Federal income taxes as provided in Section 501(c)(3) or Title 26, U.S.C., as amended, and veterans organizations.
- DECENT, SAFE AND SANITARY DWELLING
- A dwelling that meets applicable housing and occupancy codes. The dwelling shall:
- 1. Be structurally sound, weather-tight and in good repair;
- 2. Contain a safe electrical wiring system;
- 3. Contain an adequate heating system;
- 4. Be adequate in size with respect to the number of rooms needed to accommodate the displaced person; and
- 5. For a handicapped person, be free of any barriers which would preclude reasonable ingress, egress or use of the dwelling.
- DISPLACED PERSON
- Any person who moves from the real property or moves his personal property from the real property permanently and voluntarily as a direct result of the acquisition, rehabilitation or demolition of, or the written notice of intent to acquire such real property, in whole or in part, for a public purpose.
- GOVERNING BODY
- The duly elected Board of Aldermen of the City of Wright City.
- HANDICAPPED PERSON
- Any person who is deaf, legally blind, or orthopedically disabled to the extent that acquisition of another residence presents a greater burden than other persons would encounter or to the extent that modifications to the replacement residence would be necessary.
- INITIATION OF NEGOTIATIONS
- The delivery of the initial written offer of just compensation by the acquiring entity, to the owner of the real property, to purchase such real property for the project, or the notice to the person that he will be displaced by rehabilitation or demolition.
- Any individual, family, partnership, corporation, or association that has a legal right to occupy the property, including, but not limited to, month-to-month tenants.
- PUBLIC AGENCY
- The State of Missouri or any political subdivision or any branch, bureau, or department thereof and any quasi-public corporation created or existing by law which are authorized to acquire real property for public purpose and which acquire any such property either partly or wholly with aid or reimbursement from Federal funds.
- URBAN REDEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
- As defined in Section 353.020, RSMo.
The Governing Body or appropriate public agency which is required, as a condition to receipt of Federal funds, to give relocation assistance to any displaced person is hereby authorized and directed to give similar relocation assistance to displaced persons when the property involved is being acquired for the same public purpose through the same procedures, and is being purchased solely through expenditure of State or local funds.
Every urban redevelopment corporation acquiring property within a redevelopment area shall submit a relocation plan as part of the redevelopment plan. The relocation plan shall comply with all applicable provisions of this Relocation Policy.
Unless the property acquisition under the operation of Chapter 99, RSMo., Chapter 100 RSMo., or Chapter 353, RSMo., is subject to Federal relocation standards or Subsection (1) of Section 523.205, RSMo., the relocation plan shall, either by incorporation of this Relocation Policy or by express provision therein, provide for the following:
Payments to all eligible displaced persons who occupied the property to be acquired for not less than ninety (90) days prior to the initiation of negotiations who are required to vacate the premises;
A program for identifying special needs of displaced persons with specific consideration given to income, age, size of family, nature of business, availability of suitable replacement facilities and vacancy rates of affordable facilities;
A program for providing a proper and timely notice to all displaced persons, including a general description of their potential rights and benefits if they are displaced, their eligibility for relocation assistance, and the nature of that assistance. The notices required for compliance with this Section are as follows:
A general information notice that shall be issued at the approval and selection of a designated redeveloper and shall inform residential and non-residential owners and occupants of a potential project, including the potential acquisition of the property;
A notice of relocation eligibility that shall be issued as soon as feasible after the execution of the redevelopment agreement and shall inform residential and non-residential occupants within the project area who will be displaced of their relocation assistance and nature of that assistance, including ninety (90) days' advance notice of the date the occupants must vacate;
A program of referrals of displaced persons with provisions for a minimum of three (3) decent, safe and sanitary housing referrals for residential persons or suitable referral sites for displaced businesses, a minimum of ninety (90) days' notice of referral sites for all displaced persons prior to the date such displaced persons are required to vacate the premises and arrangements for transportation to inspect referral sites; and
Every displaced person shall be given a ninety (90) day notice to vacate prior to the date such displaced person is required to vacate the premises.
All displaced residential persons eligible for payments shall be provided with relocation payments based upon one (1) of the following, at the option of the person:
A one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) fixed payment; or
Actual reasonable costs of relocation including actual moving costs, utility deposits, key deposits, storage of personal property up to one (1) month, utility transfer and connection fees and other initial rehousing deposits including first (1st) and last month's rent and security deposit. Such costs of relocation shall not include the cost of a replacement property or any capital improvements thereto.
All displaced businesses eligible for payments shall be provided with relocation payments based upon the following, at the option of the business:
A three thousand dollar ($3,000.00) fixed payment and up to an additional ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for re-establishment expenses. Re-establishment expenses are limited to costs incurred for physical improvements to the replacement property to accommodate the particular business at issue; or
Actual costs of moving including costs for packing, crating, disconnection, dismantling, reassembling and installing all personal equipment and costs for relettering similar signs and similar replacement stationery, and up to an additional ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for re-establishment expenses. Re-establishment expenses are limited to actual costs incurred for physical improvements to the replacement property to accommodate the particular business at issue.
If a displaced person demonstrates the need for an advance relocation payment, in order to avoid or reduce a hardship, the developer or public agency shall issue the payment subject to such safeguards as are appropriate to ensure that the objective of the payment is accomplished. Payment for a satisfactory claim shall be made within thirty (30) days following receipt of sufficient documentation to support the claim. All claims for relocation payments shall be filed with the displacing agency within six (6) months after:
Any displaced person who is also the owner of the premises may waive relocation payments as part of negotiations for acquisition of the interest held by such person. Such waiver shall be in writing, shall disclose the person's knowledge of the provisions of Section 523.205, RSMo., and his entitlement to payment and shall be filed with the acquiring public agency. However, any such waiver shall not include a waiver of any notice provisions of this Relocation Policy, and a displaced person shall remain entitled to all of the provisions regarding programs which are contained in Subdivisions (2) and (3) of Section (5) of Section 523.205, RSMo.
All persons eligible for relocation benefits shall be notified in writing of the availability of such relocation payments and assistance, with such notice to be given concurrently with the notice of referral sites as required in Subdivision (4) of Subsection (5) of Section 523.205, RSMo.
Any urban redevelopment corporation, its assigns or transferees, which has been provided any assistance under the operation of Chapter 99, RSMo., Chapter 100, RSMo., Chapter 353 RSMo., or Chapter 523, RSMo., with land acquisition by the City, shall be required to make a report to the Governing Body or appropriate public agency which shall include, but not be limited to, the addresses of all occupied residential buildings and structures within the redevelopment area and the names and addresses of persons displaced by the redeveloper and specific relocation benefits provided to each person, as well as a sample notice provided to each person.
An urban redevelopment corporation that fails to comply with the relocation requirements provided in Section 523.205, RSMo., and this Relocation Policy shall not be eligible for tax abatement as provided for in Chapter 353, RSMo.
The requirements set out in this Relocation Policy and in Section 523.205, RSMo., shall be considered minimum standards. In reviewing any proposed relocation plan under the operation of Chapter 99, RSMo., Chapter 100, RSMo., or Chapter 353, RSMo., the Governing Body or public agency shall determine the adequacy of the proposal and may require additional elements to be provided.
Relocation assistance shall not be provided to any person who purposely resides or locates his business in a redevelopment area solely for the purpose of obtaining relocation benefits.
The provisions of Sections 523.200 and 523.205, RSMo., and this Relocation Policy shall apply to land acquisitions under the operation of Chapter 99, RSMo., Chapter 100, RSMo., or Chapter 353, RSMo., filed for approval, approved or amended on or after August 31, 1991, and, as provided by Subsection (2) of Section 523.205, RSMo., and any other land acquisition by the City or public agency acting by and through the City through condemnation proceedings initiated after December 31, 2006.