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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department of Housing and Community Development
Chapter 112. Enterprise Zone Grant Program Regulation
9/24/2020

13VAC5-112-480. Application Considerations.

A. Consideration for enterprise zone designations shall be based upon the localitywide need and impact of such a designation.

B. Need shall be assessed in part by the following distress factors: (i) the average unemployment rate for the locality over the most recent three-year period, (ii) the average median adjusted gross income for the locality over the most recent three-year period, and (iii) the average percentage of public school students within the locality receiving free or reduced price lunches over the most recent three-year period. These distress factors shall account for at least 50% of the consideration given to local governments for enterprise zone designation.

C. Local governments submitting applications for enterprise zone designation shall propose local incentives that address the economic conditions within their locality and that will help stimulate real property improvements and new job creation. Such local incentives include, but are not limited to (i) reduction of permit fees; (ii) reduction of user fees; (iii) reduction of business, professional and occupational license tax; (iv) partial exemption from taxation of substantially rehabilitated real estate pursuant to § 58.1-3221 of the Code of Virginia; and (v) adoption of a local enterprise zone development taxation program pursuant to Article 4.2 (§ 58.1-3245.6 et seq.) of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia. The extent and duration of such incentives shall conform to the requirements of the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States. In making application for designation as an enterprise zone, the application may also contain proposals for regulatory flexibility, including but not limited to, (a) special zoning districts, (b) permit process reform, (c) exemptions from local ordinances, and (d) other public incentives proposed in the locality's application which shall be binding upon the locality upon designation of the enterprise zone.

D. The likely impact of proposed local incentives in addressing the economic conditions within the locality, and in stimulating real property investments and job creation together with the projected impact of state incentives, will be factors in evaluating applications.

E. A locality may establish eligibility criteria for local incentives that differ from the criteria required to qualify for the incentives provided in this chapter.

F. Proposed local incentives may be provided by the local governing body itself or by an assigned agent or agents such as a local redevelopment and housing authority, an industrial development authority, a private nonprofit entity or a private for-profit entity. In the case of a county that includes acreage in an incorporated town(s), the county may designate the governing body of the town(s) to serve as its assigned agent for incentives to be provided by the town(s).

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-541 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. March 21, 2007.

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