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General Assembly to consider bill regarding vacant buildings

The Town of Blacksburg wants to join Pulaski in being the second town in Virginia to be able to require registration of vacant buildings.
A bill to be considered by the upcoming 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly would amend State Code 15.2-1127 to allow Blacksburg to join Pulaski and cities within the Commonwealth in requiring owners of buildings that have been vacant continuously for a year or more to register the buildings on an annual basis.
The bill (SB 849) is sponsored by 21st District Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke).
The code was first established in 1993, but only pertained to cities until 2006.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said the Town of Pulaski was added to the law that year.
“We basically just wanted to have a list so we could keep track of who owned the buildings,” Hawley said.
The first attempt to have Pulaski added to the law failed in 2005 because lawmakers wanted the area covered to be more defined.
In 2006 the law was amended to include, “The Town of Pulaski, in a conservation and rehabilitation district of the town, and any city, by ordinance…”
Under the proposed amendment, “the Town of Blacksburg” would be inserted between “rehabilitation district of the town,” and “and any city.”
Under the law, Pulaski and cities in Virginia are able to collect a $25 registration fee to defray costs in maintaining the registry. Failure to register carries a civil penalty of $50 or $250 if the building is in a conservation and rehabilitation district or areas designated as blighted (as defined under state code section 36-49.1:1).

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General Assembly to consider bill regarding vacant buildings

The Town of Blacksburg wants to join Pulaski in being the second town in Virginia to be able to require registration of vacant buildings.
A bill to be considered by the upcoming 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly would amend State Code 15.2-1127 to allow Blacksburg to join Pulaski and cities within the Commonwealth in requiring owners of buildings that have been vacant continuously for a year or more to register the buildings on an annual basis.
The bill (SB 849) is sponsored by 21st District Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke).
The code was first established in 1993, but only pertained to cities until 2006.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said the Town of Pulaski was added to the law that year.
“We basically just wanted to have a list so we could keep track of who owned the buildings,” Hawley said.
The first attempt to have Pulaski added to the law failed in 2005 because lawmakers wanted the area covered to be more defined.
In 2006 the law was amended to include, “The Town of Pulaski, in a conservation and rehabilitation district of the town, and any city, by ordinance…”
Under the proposed amendment, “the Town of Blacksburg” would be inserted between “rehabilitation district of the town,” and “and any city.”
Under the law, Pulaski and cities in Virginia are able to collect a $25 registration fee to defray costs in maintaining the registry. Failure to register carries a civil penalty of $50 or $250 if the building is in a conservation and rehabilitation district or areas designated as blighted (as defined under state code section 36-49.1:1).

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