2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:12A-11 - Creation of municipal redevelopment agency

40A:12A-11. Creation of municipal redevelopment agency

11. a. The governing body of a municipality may, by ordinance, create a body corporate and politic to be known as the ". . . . . . Redevelopment Agency," inserting the name of the municipality creating the agency. The agency shall be an instrumentality of the municipality creating it. A redevelopment agency shall be created pursuant to the procedures of the "Local Authorities Fiscal Control Law," P.L.1983, c.313 (C.40A:5A-1 et seq.).

There shall be seven commissioners of a redevelopment agency. The commissioners shall be appointed by the governing body, in the manner generally required for appointments by the form of government under which the municipality is governed. Commissioners shall each serve for a term of five years; except that the first of these appointees shall be designated to serve for the following terms: one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, two for terms of three years, one for a term of four years, and two for terms of five years. No more than two commissioners shall be officers or employees of the municipality. Each commissioner shall hold office for the term of his appointment and until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy occurring in the office of commissioner, from any cause, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, but for the unexpired term.

The municipal governing body may provide by ordinance that not more than two of the commissioners shall be members of the governing body. A commissioner who is a member of the governing body shall serve for a term of one year. That ordinance shall provide for the terms of the other commissioners to be appointed to staggered terms in substantial accord with the provisions of this section.

Any redevelopment agency created pursuant to the "Redevelopment Agencies Law," P.L.1949, c.306 (C.40:55C-1 et seq.) and in existence until the repeal of that law by this act, shall continue notwithstanding that repeal, but shall exercise its powers pursuant to the provisions of this act. The five commissioners appointed by the governing body of the municipality shall continue in office until the terms for which they were appointed expire and their successors are appointed and qualified. The terms of those agency commissioners who were appointed by the mayor or the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs shall cease and determine 90 days after the effective date of this act.

b. A certificate of the appointment or reappointment of each commissioner shall be filed with the clerk, and that certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of that commissioner. A commissioner shall receive no compensation for his services, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in the discharge of the duties of commissioner, including travel expenses. The powers of the agency shall be vested in the commissioners thereof in office from time to time. Four commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting business and exercising powers and all other purposes. Action may be taken by the agency upon the affirmative vote of the majority, but not less than four of the commissioners present, unless in any case the bylaws of the agency shall require a larger number. The agency shall select a chairman and a vice-chairman from among the commissioners, and it shall employ an executive director, who shall be its secretary.

c. No commissioner or employee of an agency shall acquire any interest, direct or indirect, in a redevelopment project or in any property included or planned to be included in a project, nor shall he have any interest, direct or indirect, in any contract or proposed contract for materials and services to be furnished or used in connection with a project. If any commissioner or employee of an agency owns or controls an interest, direct or indirect, in any property included or planned to be included in a project, he shall immediately disclose the same in writing to the agency and the disclosure shall be entered upon the minutes of the agency. Failure so to disclose such an interest shall constitute misconduct in office. A commissioner or employee required by this subsection to make a disclosure shall not participate in any action by the agency affecting the property with respect to which disclosure is required. For inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office a commissioner may be removed by the municipality by which he was appointed; but a commissioner may be removed only after he has been given a copy of the charges at least 10 days prior to the hearing thereon and has had the opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. In the event of a removal of a commissioner, a record of the proceedings, together with the charges and findings thereon, shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the municipality.


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