(65 ILCS 115/10-5.4)
Sec. 10-5.4. Amendment and decertification of River Edge Redevelopment Zones.
(a) The terms of a certified zone designating ordinance may be amended to:
(1) alter the boundaries of the Zone;
(2) expand, limit or repeal tax incentives or
benefits provided in the ordinance;
(3) alter the termination date of the zone; or
(4) make technical corrections in the river edge
redevelopment zone designating ordinance.
An amendment shall not be effective unless the Department issues an amended certificate for the River Edge Redevelopment Zone, approving the amended designating ordinance. Upon the adoption of any ordinance amending or repealing the terms of a certified river edge redevelopment zone designating ordinance, the municipality shall promptly file with the Department an application for approval thereof, containing substantially the same information as required for an application under Section 10-5.1 insofar as material to the proposed changes. The municipality must hold a public hearing on the proposed changes as specified in Section 10-5 and, if the amendment is to effectuate the limitation of tax abatements under Section 10-5.4.1, then the public notice of the hearing shall state that property that is in both the zone and a redevelopment project area may not receive tax abatements unless within 60 days after the adoption of the amendment to the designating ordinance the municipality has determined that eligibility for tax abatements has been established.
(b) The Department shall approve or disapprove a proposed amendment to a certified zone within 90 days after its receipt of the application from the municipality. The Department may not approve changes in a Zone that are not in conformity with this Act, as now or hereafter amended, or with other applicable laws. If the Department issues an amended certificate for a Zone, the amended certificate, together with the amended zone designating ordinance, shall be filed, recorded, and transmitted as provided in Section 10-5.3.
(c) A River Edge Redevelopment Zone may be decertified by joint action of the Department and by the municipality in which the River Edge Development Zone is located. The designating municipality shall conduct at least one public hearing within the zone prior to its adoption of an ordinance of decertification. The mayor of the designating municipality shall execute a joint decertification agreement with the Department. A decertification of a River Edge Redevelopment Zone that was initiated by the joint action of the Department and one or more of the municipalities in which the zone is located shall not become effective until at least 6 months after the execution of the decertification agreement, which shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
(d) A River Edge Redevelopment Zone may be decertified for cause by the Department in accordance with this Section. Prior to decertification:
(1) the Department shall notify the chief elected
official of the designating municipality in writing of the specific deficiencies that provide cause for decertification;
(2) the Department shall place the designating
municipality on probationary status for at least 6 months during which time corrective action may be achieved in the zone by the designating municipality; and
(3) the Department shall conduct at least one public
hearing within the zone.If such corrective action is not achieved during the probationary period, the Department shall issue an amended certificate signed by the Director of the Department decertifying the zone, which certificate shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State. A certified copy of the amended certificate, or a duplicate original thereof, shall be recorded in the office of recorder of the county in which the River Edge Redevelopment Zone lies, and shall be provided to the chief elected official of the designating municipality. Decertification of a River Edge Redevelopment Zone for cause shall not become effective until 60 days after the date of filing.
(e) In the event of a decertification, an amendment reducing the length of the term or the area of a River Edge Redevelopment Zone, or the adoption of an ordinance reducing or eliminating tax benefits in a zone, all benefits previously extended within the zone pursuant to this Act or pursuant to any other Illinois law providing benefits specifically to or within River Edge Redevelopment Zones shall remain in effect for the original stated term of the zone, with respect to business enterprises within the zone on the effective date of such decertification or amendment.
(f) With respect to a business enterprise (or expansion thereof) that is proposed or under development within a zone at the time of a decertification or an amendment reducing the length of the term of the zone, or excluding from the zone area the site of the proposed enterprise, or an ordinance reducing or eliminating tax benefits in a zone, such business enterprise is entitled to the benefits previously applicable within the zone for the original stated term of the zone, if the business enterprise establishes:
(i) that the proposed business enterprise or
expansion has been committed to be located within the zone;
(ii) that substantial and binding financial
obligations have been made towards the development of such enterprise; and
(iii) that such commitments have been made in
reasonable reliance on the benefits and programs which were to have been applicable to the enterprise by reason of the zone, including in the case of a reduction in term of a zone, the original length of the term.
In declaratory judgment actions under this subsection, the Department and the designating municipality shall be necessary parties defendant.
(Source: P.A. 94-1021, eff. 7-12-06.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015