[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo 11-1-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 66.1335, Wis. Stats., there is hereby created a community development authority to be known as the "Community Development Authority of the City of Waterloo (CDA)." The CDA shall be deemed a separate body corporate and politic authorized to transact business and exercise any and all powers granted to a CDA under the Community Development Authority Law as amended from time to time for the purpose of carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal programs and projects and housing projects.
[Amended 5-16-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-03]
Composition. The CDA shall consist of seven resident persons having sufficient ability and experience in the fields of urban renewal, community development and housing. These persons shall serve as Commissioners of the CDA.
Appointment. The Commissioners shall be appointed by the Mayor with the confirmation of the Common Council. Three of the Commissioners shall be members of the Common Council with an appointed chair who reports to the City Council, and shall serve during their term of office as board members. The first appointments of the four non-board members shall be for the following terms: one for one year and one each for the terms of two, three and four years. Thereafter, the terms of non-board members shall be four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term as provided for in this subsection.
Officers. The CDA shall annually elect a Chairperson from among the Commissioners. The Council Chair shall serve as the vice chairperson. The City Planning Commission shall assist in performing the duties required by the CDA.
Compensation. The Commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for their actual necessary expenses, including local travel expenses included in the discharge of their duties.
Meetings, quorum and bylaws. All meetings of the CDA shall be held in compliance with the provisions of the Open Meeting Laws of the State of Wisconsin. Four Commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting its business and exercising its powers and for all other purposes. Action may be taken by the CDA upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the Commissioners present at any meeting at which a quorum is present. The CDA may adopt and from time to time amend or repeal such bylaws or other rules or regulations not inconsistent with the applicable laws of this state and of this chapter, as it deems necessary in the performance and function of its duties; provided Common Council approval of such actions is first obtained.
The CDA shall have all powers, duties and functions set out in §§ 66.1201 and 66.1333, Wis. Stats., for housing and redevelopment authorities, and as to all housing projects initiated by the CDA it shall proceed under § 66.1201, Wis. Stats., and as to all projects relating to blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal and redevelopment programs it shall proceed under §§ 66.1301 to 66.1327, 66.1331, 66.1333, 66.1337 or 66.1105, Wis. Stats., as determined appropriate by the Common Council on a project-by-project basis. As to all community development programs and activities undertaken by the City under the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDA shall proceed under all applicable laws and ordinances not inconsistent with the laws of this state. In addition, the CDA may act as agent of the City to perform all acts, except the development of the general plan of the City, which may otherwise be performed by the Plan Commission under §§ 66.1301 to 66.1327, 66.1331, 66.1333 and 66.1337 or 66.1105, Wis. Stats. In addition to all other powers, duties and functions, the CDA shall have such other powers, duties and functions related to community development as are conferred upon the Authority by the Common Council from time to time.
A certified copy of this chapter shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be prima facie evidence of the CDA's right to transact business, and such chapter shall not be subject to challenge because of any technicality. In any suit, action or proceeding commenced against the CDA, a certified copy of such chapter shall be deemed conclusive evidence that the CDA is established and authorized to transact business and exercise its powers hereunder and pursuant to § 66.1335, Wis. Stats.
All powers, duties and functions of a housing and community development authority, as set forth in § 66.1335, Wis. Stats., are deemed to have been granted to the CDA as though set forth in this chapter, except as to those powers, duties and functions which are subject to further authorization and direction of the Common Council, as set forth herein. This chapter and the powers granted hereunder shall be construed liberally to effectuate its purpose.
[Amended 5-16-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-03]
This chapter is enacted pursuant to § 66.1335, Wis. Stats. Insofar as this chapter may be inconsistent with§ 66.1335, Wis. Stats., the statute shall control. In addition to its statutory powers, the authority is further authorized, within the limits of the funds available for such purposes, to:
Call upon any department, board, commission or agency of the City for assistance and cooperation in the performance of the authority's duties and functions, and all City departments, boards, commissions and agencies are hereby authorized and directed to cooperate with and furnish assistance to the authority in the performance of the authority's duties and functions.
Work with business, education, government, labor and citizens to:
Retain and expand existing business and commercial enterprises within the City.
Recruit new businesses and encourage the expansion and diversification of business and commercial enterprises within the City to expand local employment opportunities and the tax base.
Foster and facilitate economic development activities through cooperative efforts with area organizations, adjoining municipalities, the county, and the state.
Assist new and existing businesses through programs and resources which facilitate quality growth and development within the City.
Publicize and promote the business, employment, residential, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the City.
Foster, develop, and enhance a sense of community, a positive community image, and civic pride.
To identify itself as the community and economic development authority in anything other than contracts, resolutions, and financial reports.
The authority has the power to purchase and sell property with consent of the City Council. With consent, the chair, or the chair's designee, shall have the powers to sign all documents required for purchase and sale of such property.
The authority in consultation with the City Plan Commission and other appropriate bodies and staff, shall:
Prepare and periodically update an economic development plan and development strategy for use by the Mayor and Common Council. In formulating said plan, the authority shall monitor and evaluate economic conditions in the City, identify economic problem areas, and prioritize any economic problems identified.
Consider alternative approaches to improving economic deficiencies in the City in problem areas identified.
Recommend specific programs and projects to allocate available City resources among the elements of the City's economic development effort.
Recommend items for inclusion in the annual City budget to implement the development strategy adopted by the Common Council.
The authority, together with the Clerk/Treasurer, or the Mayor's designee, shall prepare an annual budget which shall be submitted as part of the general budget process, subject to Common Council approval. The budget shall include estimated revenues and expenses for ongoing and contemplated projects involving any governmental funds directly tied to the authority, any governmental tax incremental finance district fund and all other projects and programs over which the authority has direct responsibility along with other ordinary and necessary expenses.
The CDA shall also prepare and file with the Mayor and Common Council a report of its activity for the preceding calendar year on or before August 1 of the following year.
If any provision of this chapter is invalid or unconstitutional or if the application of this chapter to any person or circumstance is invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the other provisions or applications of this chapter which can be given effect without the invalid or unconstitutional provisions or applications.
This chapter shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication.