City of Fredericksburg, VA
 
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[Ord. No. 12-29, 11-27-2012]
In addition to the administration and enforcement process established in Article I of this chapter, the City Manager or his designee is authorized to undertake corrective action with respect to drug blight on real property in accordance with the procedures described herein.
A. 
The City Manager or his designee shall execute an affidavit, citing Code of Virginia, § 15.2-907 and this article, affirming that (i) drug blight exists on certain property in the manner described therein; (ii) the City has used due diligence without effect to abate the drug blight; and (iii) the drug blight constitutes a present threat to the public's health, safety or welfare.
B. 
The City Manager or his designee shall submit the affidavit to the City Attorney requesting that the owner of the property be notified by regular mail sent to the last known address as it appears in the assessment records of the City. The notice and a copy of the affidavit shall advise the owner that (i) the owner has up to 30 days from the date thereof to undertake corrective action to abate the drug blight described in the affidavit and, (ii) if requested to do so, the City will assist the owner in determining and coordinating the appropriate corrective action to abate the drug blight described in the affidavit. The notice shall further advise the owner of the right to appeal the determination of drug blight pursuant to § 59-5E of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 12-29, 11-27-2012]
If no corrective action is undertaken by the owner of the property within 30 days from receipt of notice from the City Attorney, then the City Attorney shall send by regular mail an additional notice to the owner of the property, stating that within 15 days from the date of the notice, the City will commence to abate the drug blight by taking any corrective action the City deems appropriate to include, but not limited to, the removal of the building or other structure so as to abate the drug blight on the property. Upon receipt of this final notice, the owner shall have the right, upon reasonable notice to the City, to seek equitable relief, and the City shall initiate no corrective action while a proper petition is pending before a court of competent jurisdiction.
[Ord. No. 12-29, 11-27-2012]
If the owner of such property takes timely corrective action pursuant to this article, the City shall deem the drug blight abated and shall close the proceeding without any charge or costs to the owner, and shall promptly provide written notice to the owner that the proceeding has been terminated satisfactorily. The closing of the proceeding shall not bar the City from initiating a subsequent proceeding if the drug blight recurs.
[Ord. No. 12-29, 11-27-2012]
The City's costs for undertaking corrective action with respect to the property after complying with the notice requirements in § 59-300 shall be charged to and paid by the owner of the property, and may be collected by the City, all in accordance with § 59-7 of Article I of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 12-29, 11-27-2012]
Nothing in this article shall be construed to abridge or waive any rights or remedies of an owner of property at law or in equity.