Substitute House Bill No. 6843

Public Act No. 99-258

An Act Concerning Public Information about Proposed Public Housing Projects.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

(NEW) Whenever a developer or a housing authority intends to construct a public housing project which is subject to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development site and neighborhood standards for public housing placement pursuant to 24 CFR 941.202, such developer or housing authority shall: (1) Publish a description of the project plan, including but not limited to, a physical description of the project, a description of the families to be served by the project, a description of existing neighborhood support services, a projection of the impact of the project on existing services, and a description of such developer's or authority's plan to introduce new services or to upgrade or increase existing services in order to successfully integrate the project and its residents into the neighborhood; such description shall be published at least twice, once not less than thirty days prior to the hearing required by this section, and once not less than fourteen days prior to such hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality in which such project is planned, and a sign shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the property on which such project is planned, stating the date and time of such public hearing; (2) hold a public hearing for residents in the neighborhoods affected by the proposed public housing project; and (3) identify the specific activities to be provided in meeting its obligation under federal law to assure that the housing will be accessible to social, recreational, educational, commercial, and health facilities and services and other municipal facilities and services equivalent to neighborhoods with unassisted standard housing. If a public hearing required by federal or state law is conducted which meets the requirements of this section, such public hearing shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of this section.

Approved June 29, 1999