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§ 38-108. Enumerated Authority powers--Powers and duties excluded

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 11. Cities and Towns

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 11. Cities and Towns (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 1. Municipal Code (Refs & Annos)
Municipal Departments and Services
Article XXXVIII. Urban Renewal
11 Okl.St.Ann. § 38-108
§ 38-108. Enumerated Authority powers--Powers and duties excluded
A. Every Urban Renewal Authority within the provisions of this article shall have all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this article, including the following powers in addition to others herein granted:
1. To undertake and carry out the urban renewal projects within its area of operation and in accordance with any urban renewal plan adopted by the municipality; and to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers under this article; and to disseminate blight and urban renewal information;
2. To provide or to arrange or contract for the furnishing by any person or agency, public or private, of services, privileges, works, streets, roads, public utilities, or other facilities for or in connection with an urban renewal project; to install, construct, and reconstruct streets, off-street parking facilities, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other public improvements; and to agree to any conditions that it may deem reasonable and appropriate attached to Federal financial assistance and imposed pursuant to Federal law relating to the determination of prevailing salaries or wages or compliance with labor standards, in the undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project, and to include in any contract let in connection with such a report, provisions to fulfill such of said conditions as it may deem reasonable and appropriate;
3. With the permission of the owner or occupant, to enter into any building or property in any urban renewal area within its area of operation in order to make inspections, surveys, appraisals, soundings or test borings; provided if permission be denied, to so enter for such purpose, upon reasonable notice and at reasonable times, with the least possible inconvenience to the persons in possession, and to obtain an order for this purpose from a court of competent jurisdiction in the event entry is denied or resisted; to acquire by purchase, lease, option, gift, grant, bequest, devise, eminent domain or otherwise, any real property, or personal property for its purposes, together with any improvements thereon; to hold, improve, clear or prepare for redevelopment any such property; to mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise encumber or dispose of any real property; to insure or provide for the insurance of any real or personal property or operations of the Authority or the municipality against any risk or hazards, including the power to pay premiums on any such insurance; and to enter into any contracts necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article; provided, however, that no statutory provisions with respect to the acquisition, clearance or disposition of property by public bodies shall restrict the Authority or municipality or other public body exercising powers hereunder, in the exercise of such functions with respect to an urban renewal project, unless the Legislature shall specifically so state;
4. To invest any urban renewal project funds held in reserves or sinking funds or any such funds not required for immediate disbursement, in property or securities in which savings banks, building and loan associations or savings and loan associations may legally invest funds; to redeem such notes as have been issued pursuant to Section 38-115 of this title at the redemption price established therein or to purchase such notes at less than redemption price, all such notes so redeemed or purchased to be cancelled;
5. To borrow money and to apply for and accept advances, loans, grants, contributions and any other form of financial assistance from the federal government, the state, county or other public body, or from any sources, public or private, for the purposes of this article, and to give such security as may be required and to enter into and carry out contracts in connection therewith. An Authority may include in any contract for financial assistance with the federal government for an urban renewal project such conditions imposed pursuant to federal laws as the Authority may deem reasonable and appropriate and which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this article;
6. To make or have made, within its area of operation, surveys and plans necessary to the carrying out of urban renewal plans or projects, and to contract with any person, public or private, in making and carrying out such plans. Such plans may include: (a) urban renewal plans; (b) preliminary plans outlining urban renewal activities for neighborhoods to embrace two or more urban renewal areas; (c) plans for carrying out a program of voluntary or compulsory repair and rehabilitation of buildings and improvements; (d) plans for the enforcement of state and local laws, codes and regulations relating to the use and occupancy of buildings and improvements and to the compulsory repair, rehabilitation, demolition, or removal of buildings and improvements; or (e) appraisals, title searches, surveys, studies, and other plans and work necessary to prepare for the undertaking of urban renewal projects;
7. To develop, test, and report methods and techniques, and carry out demonstrations and other activities, for the prevention and the elimination of blight and to apply for, accept and utilize grants of funds from the Federal Government or any other source for such purposes;
8. To prepare plans for the relocation of persons, families, business concerns and others displaced by an urban renewal project, and to make relocation payments to or with respect to such persons for moving expenses and losses of property for which reimbursement or compensation is not otherwise made, including the making of such payment financed by the Federal Government but not limited thereby;
9. To make such expenditures as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this article;
10. To organize, coordinate and direct the administration of the provisions of this article as they apply to the municipality in order that the objective of remedying blighted areas and preventing the causes thereof within its area of operation may be most effectively promoted and achieved, and to establish such office or offices necessary to carry out such purposes most effectively; or
11. To exercise all or any part or combination of powers herein granted, provided that the records covering all transactions shall be open to public scrutiny and may be inspected by any person affected thereby during regular office hours and upon reasonable notice.
B. The duties, powers or authority of the Urban Renewal Authority shall not include:
1. The power to determine an area to be a blighted area and to designate such area as appropriate for an urban renewal project;
2. The power to prepare, establish, or amend a general plan for the locality as a whole;
3. The power to formulate a workable program;
4. The power to make the determinations and findings provided for in Section 38-105 and subsection E of Section 38-106 of this title;
5. The power to issue general obligation bonds;
6. The power to appropriate funds of the municipality, to levy taxes and assessments;
7. The power to zone or rezone; or
8. The power to make exceptions to zoning ordinances or building regulations of the municipality.


Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38-108, eff. July 1, 1978.
11 Okl. St. Ann. § 38-108, OK ST T. 11 § 38-108
Current with legislation of the First Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2023) and the First Extraordinary Session of the 59th Legislature (2023). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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