2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 31 - Government - Municipal
Powers and Functions of Cities and Towns
Article 25 - Public Improvements
Part 8 - Downtown Development Authorities
§ 31-25-802. Definitions
As used in this part 8, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) "Authority" means a downtown development authority created pursuant to the provisions of this part 8 in any municipality of this state and any successor to its functions, authority, rights, and obligations.
(1.5) "Blighted area" means an area within the central business district which, by reason of the presence of a substantial number of deteriorated or deteriorating structures, predominance of defective or inadequate street layout, faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy, accessibility, or usefulness, unsanitary or unsafe conditions, deterioration of site or other improvements, unusual topography, defective or unusual conditions of title rendering the title nonmarketable, or the existence of conditions which endanger life or property by fire and other causes, or any combination of such factors, substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the central business district, retards the provision of housing accommodations, or constitutes an economic or social liability and is a menace to the public health, safety, morals, or welfare in its present condition and use.
(2) "Board" means the board of the authority.
(3) "Central business district" means the area in a municipality which is and traditionally has been the location of the principal business, commercial, financial, service, and governmental center, zoned and used accordingly.
(3.5) "Development project" or "project" means undertakings and activities of an authority or municipality as authorized in this part 8 in a plan of development area for the development or redevelopment of said area in accordance with a plan of development.
(4) "Director" means the chief executive officer of the authority.
(4.5) "District" means the authority or the area within which the authority may exercise its powers.
(5) "Downtown" means a specifically defined area of the municipality in the central business district, established by the governing body of the municipality pursuant to this part 8.
(5.5) "Governing body" means the city council, town council, board of trustees, or other governing board of any municipality of this state.
(6) "Landowner" means the owner in fee of any undivided interest in real property or any improvement permanently affixed thereto within the district. As used in this part 8, "owner in fee" includes a contract purchaser obligated to pay general taxes, an heir, and a devisee under a will admitted to probate and does not include a contract seller of property with respect to which the contract purchaser is deemed to be the owner in fee for purposes of this subsection (6).
(6.2) "Lessee" means the holder of a leasehold interest in real property within the district. As used in this part 8, "leasehold interest" does not include a license or mere contract right to use real property within the district.
(6.4) "Planning board" means the agency designated by the governing body of the municipality which is chiefly responsible for planning in the municipality; and, if no separate agency exists, "planning board" means the governing body of the municipality.
(6.6) "Plan of development" means a plan, as it exists from time to time, for the development or redevelopment of a downtown development area, including all properly approved amendments thereto.
(6.8) "Plan of development area" means an area in the central business district which the board and the governing body designate as appropriate for a development project.
(7) "Public body" means the state of Colorado or any municipality, quasi-municipal corporation, board, commission, authority, or other political subdivision or public corporate body of the state.
(8) "Public facility" includes but is not limited to any streets, parks, plazas, parking facilities, playgrounds, pedestrian malls, rights-of-way, structures, waterways, bridges, lakes, ponds, canals, utility lines or pipes, and buildings, including access routes to any of the foregoing, designed for use by the public generally or used by any public agency with or without charge, whether or not the same is revenue-producing.
(9) "Qualified elector" means a resident, a landowner, or a lessee as said terms are defined in this section. Any landowner or lessee which is not a natural person may vote only if it designates by some official action a representative thereof to cast its ballot. This subsection (9) shall not be construed so as to permit any qualified elector to cast more than one vote, even though any person qualified or lawfully designated may be entitled to cast the vote of more than one qualified elector.
(10) "Resident" means one who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Colorado, eighteen years of age or older, who makes his primary dwelling place within the district.
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