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238.31(1)(e)4. 4. That the area meets at least 3 of the following criteria:
238.31(1)(e)4.a. a. The unemployment rate in the area is higher than the state average for the 18 months immediately preceding the date on which the application under s. 238.32 (2) or (3) was submitted to the corporation.
238.31(1)(e)4.b. b. The percentage of persons residing in the area who are members of households with household income levels at or below 80% of the statewide median household income is higher than the state average.
238.31(1)(e)4.c. c. The percentage of households in the area receiving unemployment insurance under ch. 108, relief funded by a relief block grant under ch. 49, or aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19 is higher than the state average.
238.31(1)(e)4.d. d. In the 36 months immediately preceding the date on which the application under s. 238.32 (2) or (3) was submitted to the corporation, a number of workers in the area were permanently laid off by their employer or became unemployed as a result of a business action subject to s. 109.07 (1m).
238.31(1)(e)4.e. e. An employer in the vicinity of the area has given public notice under s. 109.07 (1m) (a) of either a business closing or a mass layoff of at least 25 employees, or 25% of the employees, of a business, whichever is greater, that will result in a number of workers in the area being laid off permanently.
238.31(1)(e)4.f. f. Property values in the area have been declining.
238.31(1)(e)4.g. g. There has been a decline in the population in the area.
238.31(1m) (1m) In making a determination under sub. (1) (e), the corporation shall consider all of the following:
238.31(1m)(a) (a) The extent of poverty, unemployment, or other factors contributing to general economic hardship in the area.
238.31(1m)(b) (b) The prospects for new investment and economic development in the area.
238.31(1m)(c) (c) The amount of investment that is likely to result from the designation of the area as a development zone.
238.31(1m)(d) (d) The number of full-time jobs that are likely to be created or retained in the area as a result of its designation as a development zone.
238.31(1m)(e) (e) The number of full-time jobs that are likely to be available to the target population as a result of the designation of the area as a development zone.
238.31(1m)(f) (f) The competitive effect of designating the area as a development zone on other businesses in the vicinity of the area.
238.31(1m)(g) (g) The needs of other areas of the state.
238.31(1m)(h) (h) Any other factors that the corporation considers relevant.
238.31(2) (2) In determining whether an area meets the requirements under sub. (1) (e) or s. 238.335, the corporation may rely on any data provided by the local governing body that the corporation determines is relevant.
238.31(3) (3) The corporation shall do all of the following:
238.31(3)(a) (a) Determine the number of development zones designated under sub. (1) but may not designate more than 22 development zones over the life of the program.
238.31(3)(b) (b) Divide the number of development zones as evenly as possible between metropolitan statistical areas and areas that are not metropolitan statistical areas.
238.31(3)(c)1.1. Designate at least one development zone that is entirely within a 1st class city.
238.31(3)(c)2. 2. Designate at least 2 development zones that are each at least partially within an Indian reservation.
238.31(3)(c)3. 3. Of the development zones that are designated after April 25, 1996, designate one that is in an urban area.
238.31(4) (4) No development zone may be designated under this section after March 6, 2009.
238.31 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1989 a. 31, 336; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 209; 1997 a. 27, 39, 103; 2009 a. 2, 87; 2011 a. 32 s. 3419; Stats. 2011 s. 238.31.
238.315 238.315 Invitation to nominate area. If the corporation determines that an area has experienced or is about to experience economic distress, the corporation may invite local governing bodies in the area to nominate the area as a development zone.
238.315 History History: 1997 a. 103; 2011 a. 32 s. 3420; Stats. 2011 s. 238.315.
238.32 238.32 Application by local governing bodies.
238.32(1) (1) A local governing body may nominate an area as a development zone, if the corporation has invited the governing body to nominate the area under s. 238.315 and if the governing body does all of the following:
238.32(1)(a) (a) Holds at least one public hearing on the issue of designating the area as a development zone.
238.32(1)(b) (b) Adopts a resolution or ordinance authorizing it to nominate the area under this section.
238.32(2) (2) A local governing body may nominate the area as a development zone by submitting an application to the corporation in a form prescribed by the corporation. The application shall include all of the following:
238.32(2)(a) (a) A copy of the ordinance or resolution authorizing the local governing body to nominate the area as a development zone.
238.32(2)(b) (b) Transcripts of the public hearing under sub. (1) (a).
238.32(2)(c) (c) Evidence that the area meets at least 3 of the criteria under s. 238.31 (1) (e) 4.
238.32(2)(d) (d) Evidence that the area meets the applicable requirements of s. 238.335.
238.32(2)(e) (e) A description of the land use patterns in the area including:
238.32(2)(e)1. 1. A detailed map of the area.
238.32(2)(e)2. 2. Information about vacant buildings or land available for development.
238.32(2)(f) (f) A description of past and present economic development activities in the area under local, state, or federal programs.
238.32(2)(g) (g) A description of the local governing body's goals for the economic development of the area.
238.32(2)(h) (h) An assessment of the effect of making the area a development zone on full-time jobs available to the targeted population.
238.32(2)(i) (i) Any other information required by the corporation.
238.32(2)(j) (j) Any other information the local governing body considers relevant.
238.32(3) (3) Two or more local governing bodies may submit a joint application nominating an area as a development zone, subject to s. 238.335 (2), if each local governing body complies with subs. (1) and (2).
238.32(5) (5) The corporation may permit a local governing body to revise an application that the corporation determines is inadequate or incomplete.
238.32 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1995 a. 209; 1997 a. 27, 103; 2011 a. 32 s. 3421; Stats. 2011 s. 238.32.
238.325 238.325 Evaluation by corporation.
238.325(1) (1) The corporation shall evaluate applications received under s. 238.32 (2) and (3).
238.325(2) (2) Subject to s. 238.335 (5), the corporation may reduce the size of an area nominated as a development zone, if the corporation determines the boundaries as proposed by the local governing body in an application under s. 238.32 (2) or (3) are inconsistent with the purpose of the development zone program. Any nominated area which is reduced under this subsection need not comply with s. 238.335 (1) and (4).
238.325(3) (3) After evaluating an application submitted under s. 238.32 (2) or (3), the corporation may approve the application, subject to any reduction in the size of the nominated area under sub. (2). If the corporation approves the application, the corporation shall designate the area as a development zone, subject to s. 238.31, and notify the local governing body.
238.325 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1995 a. 209; 1997 a. 103; 2011 a. 32 s. 3422; Stats. 2011 s. 238.325.
238.335 238.335 Boundaries and size of development zones.
238.335(1)(1) An area that is located within a metropolitan statistical area may not be nominated or designated as a development zone unless all of the following apply:
238.335(1)(a) (a) The area contains less than 10% of the valuation of the property of the city, village, or town, as determined under s. 70.57, in which the area is located.
238.335(1)(b) (b) If the area is located within a 1st class city, the population of the area as estimated under s. 16.96 is not less than 4,000 and not more than 10% of the city's population, as estimated under s. 16.96.
238.335(1)(c) (c) If the area is located within a village, town, or city other than a 1st class city, the population of the area is not less than 1,000 nor more than 10,000, as estimated under s. 16.96.
238.335(2) (2) If an area is located within the boundaries of 2 or more cities, villages, or towns, the property value of the cities, villages, or towns under sub. (1) (a) shall be combined for the purposes of sub. (1).
238.335(4) (4) An area that is located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation may not be nominated or designated as a development zone unless the population of the area, as estimated under s. 16.96, is less than or equals 5,000.
238.335(5) (5) Except as provided in sub. (6), an area may not be nominated or designated a development zone unless all of the following apply:
238.335(5)(a) (a) The area has a continuous border following natural or man-made boundaries such as streets, highways, rivers, municipal limits, or limits of a reservation.
238.335(5)(b) (b) The area consists of contiguous blocks, census blocks, or similar units.
238.335(6) (6)
238.335(6)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), 2 separate areas may be nominated or designated as one development zone, if all of the following apply:
238.335(6)(a)1. 1. Each of the areas has a continuous border following natural or man-made boundaries and consists of contiguous blocks, census blocks, or similar units.
238.335(6)(a)2. 2. Each area meets at least 3 of the criteria listed in s. 238.31 (1) (e) 4.
238.335(6)(a)3. 3. Considered together, the areas meet the requirements of sub. (1).
238.335(6)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (c), in a 1st class city, up to 8 separate areas may be nominated or designated as one development zone, if par. (a) 1. to 3. applies.
238.335(6)(c) (c) If an application is submitted by the governing body of a county under s. 238.32 (2) or (3), up to 4 separate areas may be nominated or designated as one development zone, if par. (a) 1. to 3. applies.
238.335(6m) (6m) An area that is comprised of entire counties may be nominated or designated as one development zone only if the population of the entire area does not exceed 75,000.
238.335(6r) (6r) Subject to the population limit under sub. (6m), if an area that is nominated or designated as a development zone is comprised of one or more entire counties and a city, village, or town is partially located in the area and partially located outside of the area, the entire city, village, or town shall be part of the nominated or designated area.
238.335(7) (7) The corporation may waive the requirements of this section in a particular case, if the corporation determines that application of the requirement is impractical with respect to a particular development zone.
238.335 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1989 a. 56; 1995 a. 209; 1997 a. 27; 2011 a. 32 s. 3423; Stats. 2011 s. 238.335.
238.34 238.34 Change in boundary and size of development zones.
238.34(1)(1) Except as provided under sub. (6), at any time after a development zone is designated by the corporation, a local governing body may submit an application to change the boundaries of the development zone. If the boundary change reduces the size of a development zone, the local governing body shall explain why the area excluded should no longer be in a development zone. The corporation may require the local governing body to submit additional information.
238.34(2) (2) The corporation may approve an application for a boundary change if the development zone, as affected by the boundary changes, meets the applicable requirements of s. 238.335 and 3 of the criteria under s. 238.31 (1) (e) 4.
238.34(3) (3) If the corporation approves an application for a boundary change under sub. (2), it shall do all of the following:
238.34(3)(a) (a) Redetermine the limit on the tax benefits for the development zone established under s. 238.345 (2) (a).
238.34(3)(b) (b) Notify the local governing body which submitted the application of the change in the boundary or tax benefits limit of the development zone.
238.34(4) (4) The change in the boundaries or tax benefits limit of a development zone shall be effective on the day the corporation notifies the local governing body under sub. (3) (b).
238.34(5) (5) No change in the boundaries of a development zone may affect the duration of an area as a development zone under s. 238.345 (1) (a). The corporation may consider a change in the boundary of a development zone when evaluating an application for an extension of the designation of an area as a development zone under s. 238.345 (1) (b).
238.34(6) (6) The corporation may not accept any applications under sub. (1) to change the boundaries of a development zone designated under s. 238.31 on or after March 6, 2009.
238.34 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1995 a. 209; 1997 a. 103; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 32 s. 3425; Stats. 2011 s. 238.34.
238.345 238.345 Duration, renewal and expiration.
238.345(1) (1)
238.345(1)(a)(a) The designation of an area as a development zone shall be effective for 240 months, beginning on the day the corporation notifies the local governing body under s. 238.325 (3) of the designation.
238.345(1)(b) (b) The local governing body may apply to the corporation for one 60-month extension of the designation. The corporation shall adopt rules establishing criteria for approving an extension of a designation of an area as a development zone under this subsection. No applications may be accepted by the corporation under this paragraph on or after March 6, 2009.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)