18A:7G-6 Applicability of C.18A:7G-5 to demonstration projects; exceptions.
6.The provisions of section 5 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-5) shall pertain to school facilities projects designated to be demonstration projects except as otherwise provided in this section.
a.For the initial three full fiscal years following the effective date of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-1 et al.), the State Treasurer may designate up to six school facilities projects which the State Treasurer determines to be in the best interests of the State and of the districts to be demonstration projects pursuant to the provisions of this section. As used in this section, "authority" means the New Jersey Economic Development Authority which was designated as both the financing and construction agency for school facilities projects prior to the enactment of P.L.2007, c.137 (C.52:18A-235 et al.); except that in the event that any actions required to be taken pursuant to this section by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority or its subsidiary, the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation, have not been taken prior to the effective date of P.L.2007, c.137 (C.52:18A-235 et al.), authority shall mean the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
b.A district and municipality may apply to the authority for the designation of a school facilities project contained in a long-range facilities plan submitted to the commissioner pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-4) to be a demonstration project to provide for the coordination of local economic development, redevelopment or community development with a school facilities project. The application shall be accompanied by resolutions requesting the designation adopted by the board of education of the district and the governing body of the municipality. The application shall set forth:
(1)a plan for carrying out the redevelopment project as a whole, including the construction of the school facilities project;
(2)the name of the redevelopment entity to undertake the project under the "Local Redevelopment and Housing Law," P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-1 et al.);
(3)a description of how the project fits into a redevelopment plan adopted or to be adopted by the municipal governing body pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-7); and
(4)a description of the community design features to be included in the school facilities project.
c.The authority shall evaluate the request to determine whether the school facilities project is suitable for designation as a demonstration project and whether the proposed redevelopment entity is suitable for designation as the entity to construct the demonstration project based upon consideration of the following factors:
(1)whether the demonstration project furthers definite local objectives as to appropriate land uses, density of population, and improved traffic and public transportation, public utilities, recreational and community facilities and other public improvements;
(2)whether the demonstration project provides significant social and economic benefits to the municipality, its neighborhoods and residents;
(3)whether the development of the school facilities project is consistent with the local development plan;
(4)the extent to which the school facilities project contains community design features which can be used by the community;
(5)whether the redevelopment entity has the current capacity to construct the demonstration project;
(6)whether the redevelopment entity has the appropriate prior experience in developing similar types of projects; and
(7)whether there exist donations from private entities for the purpose of the demonstration project.
d.The authority's review of the proposed school facilities project for designation as a demonstration project under this section shall commence upon approval by the commissioner of the school facilities project pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-5). Upon approval by the commissioner of the school facilities project, and recommendation by the authority that the school facilities project be a demonstration project, the recommendation of the authority shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer who shall determine whether the school facilities project should be designated as a demonstration project. At the same time as the authority forwards its recommendation to the State Treasurer, the authority shall forward its recommendation to the Urban Coordinating Council for review pursuant to subsection i. of this section.
e.In addition to the requirements set forth in section 5 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-5), a demonstration project may request inclusion in the final eligible costs of the school facilities project, of all or any portion of the cost of any community design features including any area, rooms, equipment, recreational area or playground included in the school facilities project which are to be used in common by students of the district and by residents of the community, but there shall not be included in the final eligible costs any portion of the cost of any features which are not an integral part of the school building and grounds or exceed the facilities efficiency standards. The commissioner shall approve the inclusion of the community design features as part of the school facilities project if he finds that the inclusion of the community design features as part of the school facilities project would be conducive to the usefulness and success of the project for both the students of the district and the residents of the community. The commissioner may condition his approval upon the adoption by the district of policies suitable for assuring continuing community or educational access to the community design features.
f.The cost of the community design features approved by the commissioner shall be reviewed by the authority. The district shall submit the documentation required by the authority for the authority to make its determination. The authority shall, in its recommendation to the commissioner pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-5), include its recommendation with respect to the cost of the community design features. The commissioner shall make the final determination with respect to the inclusion of the cost of community design features in the final eligible costs.
g.The authority shall provide funding for the State's share of the final eligible costs of a school facilities project to be constructed as part of a demonstration project pursuant to an agreement among the authority, the redevelopment entity and the district which shall, in addition to any other terms and conditions, set forth the terms for disbursement of the State share and provide for the monitoring of construction by the authority.
h.Upon completion of a demonstration project by a redevelopment entity, the district shall submit to the commissioner a plan to provide for the maintenance of the project and shall enter into a contract which provides for that maintenance.
i.The Urban Coordinating Council shall review the recommendations of the authority with respect to the demonstration projects and shall advise the authority, redevelopment entity and the district regarding the potential availability of funding for the demonstration project, including, but not limited to, sources of funds for acquisition, clearance, site remediation, and assemblage of land and the development, redevelopment, construction or rehabilitation of any structure or improvement included in the project.
j.Any district may consult with the Urban Coordinating Council with respect to the potential availability of funding for aspects of the school facilities project, including, but not limited to, sources of funds for acquisition, clearance, site remediation, and assemblage of land and the development, redevelopment, construction or rehabilitation of any structure or improvement included in the project.
L.2000, c.72, s.6; amended 2007, c.137, s.21.
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