2014 Code of Alabama
Title 35 - PROPERTY.
Chapter 8B - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS.
Section 35-8B-2 - Establishment of district.

AL Code § 35-8B-2 (2014) What's This?
Section 35-8B-2Establishment of district.

The exclusive and uniform method for the establishment of a community development district shall be by the filing of the articles of establishment of a community development district with the judge of probate of the county in which the district is to be located, or if located in more than one county, of the county wherein is located the largest area of the community development district.

(1) The articles of establishment of a district defined in subsection (a) of Section 35-8B-1 shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner or owners of at least 51 percent of the real property to be included in the district, or documentation demonstrating that the petitioner has control by deed, trust agreement, contract, or option of at least 51 percent of the real property to be included in the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district, with a specific metes and bounds description of any real property within the external boundaries of the district which is to be excluded from the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the proposed and existing residential subdivisions, streets, and roads in the district, and of the building and grounds to be used in common by members of the club operating in the district, together with a commitment that the owner or owners of the real property located within the district will bear the costs of the construction of such proposed streets and roads, if such proposed roads and streets do not exist on the day the articles of establishment are filed.

d. The proposed name of the district, and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of five persons to be the initial members of the Board of Control of the district, two of whom shall serve in that office until replaced by elected members; provided, the two elected members of the Board of Control shall be elected by the members of the club who may vote in person or by proxy in writing at an annual meeting of the district, which date shall be specified in the petition. Each club member shall be entitled to cast one vote. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the Board of Control for a period of one year, or until his or her successor shall be duly elected. Upon the death or resignation of a non-elected member of the Board of Control, the remaining board members shall elect, by majority vote at a called board meeting, a new non-elected board member.

(2) The articles of establishment of a district defined in subsections (b) and (d) of Section 35-8B-1 shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner of the real property to be included in the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the buildings and grounds to be used in common by the members of the club operating in the district.

d. The proposed name of the district and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of members of the board of governors of the club operating in the district who shall be the members of the Board of Control of the district.

(3) The articles of establishment of a district described in Section 35-8B-1(e) shall contain the following:

a. The written consent to the establishment of the district by the owner of the real property to be included within the district.

b. A metes and bounds description of the external boundaries of the district.

c. A schematic layout of the proposed district with a map of the buildings and grounds to be used in common by guests in the district.

d. The proposed name of the district and the location and the mailing address of the principal office of the district.

e. A designation of members of the board of governors of the district who shall be elected by the owner of the real property included in the district.

(4) The articles of establishment and two copies thereof shall be delivered to the probate judge who shall, upon the payment of the fees hereinafter prescribed:

a. Endorse on the articles and on each of such copies the word "Filed," and the hour, day, month, and year of the filing thereof.

b. File the articles in his or her office and certify the two copies thereof.

c. Issue a certificate of establishment to which he or she shall affix one certified copy of the articles of establishment, and return such certificate with a certified copy of the articles of establishment affixed thereto to the district.

(5) Upon the filing of the articles of establishment of the community development district with the probate judge, the district's existence shall begin.

(6) In lieu of all other charges and fees for a community development district formed under Section 35-8B-1(a), (b), or (d), the probate judge shall charge and collect for filing the articles of establishment and issuing a certificate of establishment, one thousand dollars ($1,000) payable to the municipality in which is located the largest area of the community development district if located in a municipality, and if not, to the county in which is located the largest area of the community development district and three hundred fifty dollars ($350) to the county for the purpose of providing additional funds for the office of the probate judge. On or before the anniversary date of the filing of the articles of establishment, excluding the actual year of filing, the Board of Control shall pay to the probate judge a fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350) and a fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000) payable to the municipality in which is located the largest area of the community development district if located in a municipality, and if not, to the county in which is located the largest area of the community development district for the purpose of providing additional funds for the office of the probate judge.

(7) In lieu of all other charges and fees for a community development district formed under Section 35-8B-1(e), the judge of probate shall charge and collect a one-time fee for filing the articles of establishment and issuing a certificate of establishment of five hundred dollars ($500) payable to the county in which is located the largest area of the district for the purpose of providing additional funds to the judge of probate.

(Acts 1992, No. 92-532, p. 1074, §2; Act 2000-470, p. 892, §1; Act 2004-541, p. 1143, §1; Act 2007-417, p. 869, §1; Act 2012-327, p. 769,§1.)

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