Election February 23, 1960
Citizens: Every Vote Counts. Make Yours an Informed Vote
Urban Renewal Act
An Urban Renewal Act will be submitted to the voters
of Tallahassee on February 23 for their ratification or
rejection. If the Act is approved, the City will have the
authority to plan and carry out a program for the elimi-
nation and redevelopment of areas in Tallahassee that
are regarded as slums.
The use of Federal funds that are available for such
projects is left to the discretion of the City Commission.
If the City Commission decides to use Federal Funds, it
must meet certain conditions of the Federal Urban Re-
It must develop a Workable Program for the
community as a whole. This is a statement of ex-
isting and proposed codes and ordinances. Refer-
ence is made in the Workable Program to a
comprehensive plan. This plan would consist of a
subdivision ordinance, a land use plan, a major
thorofare plan, a community facilities plan, and a
public improvements plan.
It must develop a plan, acceptable to the Fed-
eral Urban Renewal Administration, for reuse of
a slum area. The plan must conform to the general
community plan. It may provide for private re-
development of the area or for some public use.
It must ascertain that adequate housing is avail-
able for person displaced from the slum area.
After approval of the project plan, the City could
borrow Federal funds to use as working capital for ac-
quisition of property in the slum arae. Upon termination
of the urban renewal project, the Federal government
would bear two-thirds, and the City one-third, of any loss
that may have been incurred. The loss, or net cost, is
the difference between the gross project cost and the sale
price to a developer.
Urban Renewal Act
PURPOSE. The purpose of the Act is to provide for
the clearance of slum and blighted areas in the City of
Tallahassee and within five miles of its corporate limits
and for their redevelopment and rehabilitation.
Encouragment of Private Enterprise.
The City is directed to afford "maximum opportunity" to
private enterprise in the redevelopment or rehabilitation
of a slum or blighted area.
Workable Program. The City may formulate
a workable program for accomplishing the purposes of
the Act, which may include:
1.Enforcement of housing, zoning and occupancy
controls and standards.
2.Rehabilitation of slums and blighted areas by re-
planning, removing congestion, provided parks, play-
grounds and other public improvements.
3.Encouraging coluntary rehabilitation.
4.Clearance and redevelopment of slums and
Finding Necessity. The City shall not ex-
ercise the authority conferred by this Act until after the
City Commission shall have adopted a resolution de-
claring that the rehabilitation or redevelopment of a slum
or blighted area is necessary in the interest of public
health, safety, morals, or welfare.
Preparation and Approval of Urban
Renewal Projects and Urban Renewal
Plans. The City Commission shall not approve an
urban renewal plan until a general plan for the munici-
pality has been prepared. For this purpose, the City is
1.To adopt a general plan for the physical develop-
ment of the municipality as a whole.
2.To establish a planning commission for this and
related municiapl planning activities and to appropriate
the necessary funds therefor.
The City Commission shall not approve an urban
renewal project until:
1.An urban renewal plan, prepared by the City or
submitted to it by any person or agency, public or private,
has been submitted to the City Planning Commission, if
any, for review as to its conformity with the general plan
for the development of the community.
2.The City Commission has held a public hearing
on the urban renewal plan and project.
The City shall not acquire real property for an urban
renewal project unless the City Commission, in approving
the project, finds:
1.A feasible method exists for the location of families
who will be displaced from the area in decent, safe and
sanitary dwelling accommodations within their means and
without undue hardships.
2.The urban renewal plan conforms to the general
plan of the municipality.
3.The plan will afford maximum opportunity for the
rehabilitation or redevelopment of the area by private
Financing of Urban Renewal Project:
To carry out the purposes of the Act, the City is author-
1.To appropriate funds and to levy taxes and make
2.To borrow money and to apply for and accept
loans, grants, and any other form of financial assistance
from the Federal Government or from any source, public
3.To issue bonds, including general obligation bonds
(meaning bonds to the payment of which the City may
pledge its general credit and taxing power).
General obligation bonds shall be issued in the man-
ner prescribed by law for the issuance of such bonds for
public purposes generally "except as to constitutional re-
quirements". (The reference to "constitutional require-
ments" is apparently to the provision in Section 6 of
Article IX that such bonds shall be issued only after
approval "by a majority of the votes cast in an election
in which a majority of the freeholders who are qualified
electors in such...Municipalities shall participate...")
Acquisition of Property in an Urban
Renewal Area. The City is authorized to acquire
by gift, purchase, or by condemnation, any property
within the area of an urban renewal project.
Disposal of Property in an Urban Re-
newal Area. The City is authorized to sell or lease
real property acquired by it in an urban renewal area for
private use, or may retain the property for public use, or
both, depending upon the urban renewal plan. Private
purchasers and lessees are required to devote such prop-
erty only to the uses specified in the urban renewal plan.
The city may dispose of real property to private per-
sons under competitive bidding procedures and by ne-
gotiating with any person for proposals for the purchase
or lease of the property.
The City may accept such proposal as it deems to be
in the public interest, after filing notice of intention to
accept it at least 30 days prior to acceptance.
Taxation of Property in an Urban Area.
Property acquired by the City in an urban renewal area
is tax exempt. Tax exemption terminates when the mu-
nicipality disposes of the property to a private purchaser
Administration of Urban Renewal Proj-
ect. The City Commission may itself exercise the urban
renewal project powers granted by the Act; or it may
elect to have such powers exercised by an Urban Renewal
Agency, authorized by the act.
If the Urban Renewal Agency is activated, the City
Commission appoints a seven member Board of Com-
missioners who serve a one-year term.
Prohibition Against Interest of Offi-
cails. No public official or employee of the City of
Tallahassee, or any board or commission thereof, and no
commissioner or employee of the Urban Renewal Agency
(if activated by the City Commission), shall voluntarily
acquire any personal interest, direct or indirect, in any
urban renewal project or in any property included or
planned to be included in an urban renewal project. If
any such person already owns an interest, or has owned
such an interest within two years, in any property in-
cluded or to be included in an urban renewal project, he
is required to disclose such interest to the City Commis-
sion, in writing, and may not participate in any action
of the administrative body affecting such property.
Vote Required for Ratification of the
act. If a majority of the qualified electors of the City
voting in the election vote in favor of the Act, it will
become effective immediately.
Printed and distributed by
The League of Women Voters
of Tallahassee, Florida
State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, BR0156
A description of the Urban Renewal Act, which Tallahassee voters would be asked to approve at the upcoming election on February 23, 1960. The flier was printed and distributed by the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee, Florida.