CHAPTER 297a
PRIORITY FUNDING AREAS

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Sec. 16a-35c. Priority funding areas. Delineation. Review by Continuing Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development. Approval by General Assembly.
Sec. 16a-35d. Funding of growth-related projects. Exceptions.
Sec. 16a-35e. Cooperative effort to sustain village character in rural areas.
Sec. 16a-35f. Review of regulations to coordinate management of growth-related projects in priority funding areas.
Sec. 16a-35g. Review of federal projects in priority funding areas.
Sec. 16a-35h. Pilot program to identify and evaluate brownfield sites.
Secs. 16a-35i and 16a-35j.

      Sec. 16a-35c. Priority funding areas. Delineation. Review by Continuing Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development. Approval by General Assembly. (a) As used in this section and sections 16a-35d to 16a-35g, inclusive:

      (1) "Funding" includes any form of assurance, guarantee, grant payment, credit, tax credit or other assistance, including a loan, loan guarantee, or reduction in the principal obligation of or rate of interest payable on a loan or a portion of a loan;

      (2) "Growth-related project" means any project which includes (A) the acquisition of real property when the acquisition costs are in excess of one hundred thousand dollars, except the acquisition of open space for the purposes of conservation or preservation; (B) the development or improvement of real property when the development costs are in excess of one hundred thousand dollars; (C) the acquisition of public transportation equipment or facilities when the acquisition costs are in excess of one hundred thousand dollars; or (D) the authorization of each state grant, any application for which is not pending on July 1, 2006, for an amount in excess of one hundred thousand dollars, for the acquisition or development or improvement of real property or for the acquisition of public transportation equipment or facilities, except the following: (i) Projects for maintenance, repair, additions or renovations to existing facilities, acquisition of land for telecommunications towers whose primary purpose is public safety, parks, conservation and open space, and acquisition of agricultural, conservation and historic easements; (ii) funding by the Department of Economic and Community Development for any project financed with federal funds used to purchase or rehabilitate existing single or multi-family housing or projects financed with the proceeds of revenue bonds if the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development determines that application of this section and sections 16a-35d and 16a-35e (I) conflicts with any provision of federal or state law applicable to the issuance or tax-exempt status of the bonds or any provision of any trust agreement between the Department of Economic and Community Development and any trustee, or (II) would otherwise prohibit financing of an existing project or financing provided to cure or prevent any default under existing financing; (iii) projects that the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development determines promote fair housing choice and racial and economic integration as described in section 8-37cc; (iv) projects at an existing facility needed to comply with state environmental or health laws or regulations adopted thereunder; (v) school construction projects funded by the Department of Education under chapter 173; (vi) libraries; (vii) municipally owned property or public buildings used for government purposes; and (viii) any other project, funding or other state assistance not included under subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of this subdivision.

      (3) "Priority funding area" means the area of the state designated under subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Environmental Protection, Public Works, Agriculture, Transportation, the chairman of the Transportation Strategy Board, the regional planning agencies in the state and any other persons or entities the secretary deems necessary shall develop recommendations for delineation of the boundaries of priority funding areas in the state and for revisions thereafter. In making such recommendations the secretary shall consider areas designated as regional centers, growth areas, neighborhood conservation areas and rural community centers on the state plan of conservation and development, redevelopment areas, distressed municipalities, as defined in section 32-9p; targeted investment communities, as defined in section 32-222; public investment communities, as defined in section 7-545, enterprise zones, designated by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development under section 32-70, corridor management areas identified in the state plan of conservation and development and the principles of the Transportation Strategy Board approved under section 13b-57h. The secretary shall submit the recommendations to the Continuing Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development established pursuant to section 4-60d for review when the state plan of conservation and development is submitted to such committee in accordance with section 16a-29. The committee shall report its recommendations to the General Assembly at the time said state plan is submitted to the General Assembly under section 16a-30. The boundaries shall become effective upon approval of the General Assembly.

      (P.A. 05-205, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 05-205 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-35d. Funding of growth-related projects. Exceptions. (a) On and after the approval of the General Assembly of the boundaries of priority funding areas under section 16a-35c, no state agency, department or institution shall provide funding for a growth-related project unless such project is located in a priority funding area.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the head of a state department, agency or institution, with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may provide funding for a growth-related project that is not located in a priority funding area upon determination that such project is consistent with the plan of conservation and development, adopted under section 8-23, of the municipality in which such project is located and that such project (1) enhances other activities targeted by state agencies, departments and institutions to a municipality within the priority funding area, (2) is located in a distressed municipality, as defined in section 32-9, targeted investment community, as defined in section 32-222, or public investment community, as defined in section 7-545, (3) supports existing neighborhoods or communities, (4) promotes the use of mass transit, (5) provides for compact, transit accessible, pedestrian-oriented mixed use development patterns and land reuse and promotes such development patterns and land reuse, (6) creates an extreme inequity, hardship or disadvantage that clearly outweighs the benefits of locating the project in a priority funding area if such project were not funded, (7) has no reasonable alternative for the project in a priority funding area in another location, (8) must be located away from other developments due to its operation or physical characteristics, or (9) is for the reuse or redevelopment of an existing site.

      (c) Not more than one year after the designation of priority funding areas, and annually thereafter, each department, agency or institution shall prepare a report that describes grants made under subsection (b) of this section and the reasons therefor.

      (P.A. 05-205, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 05-205 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-35e. Cooperative effort to sustain village character in rural areas. On and after the approval of the General Assembly of the boundaries of priority funding areas pursuant to section 16a-35c, each state agency, department or institution shall cooperate with municipalities to ensure that programs and activities in rural areas sustain village character.

      (P.A. 05-205, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 05-205 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-35f. Review of regulations to coordinate management of growth-related projects in priority funding areas. On and after the approval of the General Assembly of the boundaries of priority funding areas under section 16a-35c, each state agency and department shall review regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 and modify such regulations to carry out the purpose of coordinated management of growth-related projects in priority funding areas.

      (P.A. 05-205, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 05-205 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-35g. Review of federal projects in priority funding areas. The Office of Policy and Management, within available appropriations, shall coordinate review of federal projects in relation to their location in priority funding areas to encourage location in urban areas pursuant to the provisions of Federal Executive Order 12072-Federal Space Management.

      (P.A. 05-205, S. 9.)

      History: P.A. 05-205 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-35h. Pilot program to identify and evaluate brownfield sites. The Commissioners of Environmental Protection and Economic and Community Development shall, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, establish a pilot program to identify and evaluate brownfield sites in priority funding areas designated pursuant to section 16a-35c. Said commissioners will work with state and local agencies as a coordinated team to identify all necessary permits and approvals for development, conduct outreach to solicit development proposals, and coordinate to review all requests for funding and permit approvals.

      (P.A. 07-233, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 07-233 effective July 1, 2007.

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      Secs. 16a-35i and 16a-35j. Reserved for future use.

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