§ 727-11. Public Hearing and Procedure  


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  • Upon the completion of the procedures as set forth in § 727-9, the city manager shall provide to the council any property that is eligible for blight elimination within the meaning of this chapter. For each such property, the city manager shall provide to the council a preliminary blight abatement plan.

    Upon receipt of a preliminary blight abatement plan from the city manager, council shall set a date for a public hearing to determine whether the property is a blighted property. If the property is determined to be a blighted property, council shall adopt a blight abatement plan.

    At least 14 days prior to the date set for the public hearing, the clerk of council shall notify the owner of record, all lienholders whose interest is recorded in the Hamilton County Recorder's office, and tenants of the time and place of the hearing. The notification shall also inform the owner of record, all lienholders whose interest is recorded in the Hamilton County Recorder's office, and tenants of their right to appear at the hearing to show cause why the property should not be declared blighted property, why the property in its existing state does not pose a threat to the public health, safety or welfare or why the property should not be acquired for the purpose of eliminating blight and preventing recurrence of blight. Notice of the hearing shall be provided to the owner of record at his last known address, to all lienholders whose interest is recorded in the Hamilton County Recorder's office, to tenants, or to any other known interested party. Notice shall also be provided to all abutting and adjacent property owners, as well as the community council for the area in which the property is located.

    At the hearing, the city manager or his designee shall present evidence to the council, including the preliminary designation report. The preliminary designation report shall be prima facie evidence that the property is a blighted property.

    The owner of record shall have an opportunity to address the council and to present evidence and testimony. Members of the public shall also be provided with an opportunity to address the council.

(Ordained by Emer. Ord. No. 044-2011, § 1, eff. Feb. 16, 2011)