Weiner Proposes Curb on Abuses of "Paper Redevelopment"
In response to Tuesday March 8, 2011’s introduction of a new law to expand the use of “paper redevelopment” plans, Councilman Weiner plans to introduce a counter proposal at the March 22, 2011 County Council meeting. The Weiner proposal would curtail use of vacant green fields as acceptable “redevelopment” projects. Under current law, development projects accepted under the “redevelopment” process in New Castle County undergo a relaxed standard of review, pay no impact fees to the County, and need not conduct traffic impact studies to obtain approval. Explained Weiner, “Even under the present redevelopment ordinance, the Department of Land Use has not even made developers adhere to the requirement that at least a 50% demolition of existing structures has to take place to qualify as a redevelopment. Instead, green open fields are fair game for these relaxed standards. When I saw that the proposed revision allows any recorded, unbuilt plan to qualify as a redevelopment, not just those that earned grandfathering by building part of the recorded structures within 5 years, I felt that an incorrect view of the Unified Development Code was being ratified and expanded upon, so I decided to propose something different.”
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