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Model Derelict and Blighted Property Ordinance

June 28, 2012
Cities throughout the state of Georgia have issues relating to derelict property and GMA often gets questions related to the options cities have in controlling this growing problem. In response, GMA has developed these model ordinances based upon ordinances enacted by the City of Griffin, Georgia, to whom much thanks is given, for use by other cities in controlling nuisance properties.
 
The first model ordinance follows state law on nuisance abatement on derelict properties and will allow cities to utilize court procedure to achieve results on these derelict properties.
 
The second model ordinance enacts a blight tax on blighted properties which is specifically allowed by the state Constitution and state law. Combined, these ordinances could provide to be very useful tools for cities in fighting derelict properties.
 
Should you have any questions or comments related to these model ordinances, please feel free to contact Rusi Patel at rpatel@gmanet.com.
HOW TO USE
The sample ordinances, agreements, job descriptions and other documents listed here are provided as examples only and should not be utilized until a thorough analysis of the respective document has been undertaken by the city.

Job descriptions should be written with the assistance of an attorney, industrial psychologist, or consultant skilled in content validity procedures and aware of the potential legal ramifications of job descriptions as imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Model and sample ordinances, agreements and other documents are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. Cities should consult with their city attorney to obtain legal advice about a proposed course of action.