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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
BLIGHTED PREMISES. Any building, structure or parcel of land in which at least one of the following conditions exist:
(1) It is dilapidated, as defined in this section, and as documented by the building official;
(2) It is attracting criminal activity, as documented by the police department;
(3) It is a fire hazard as determined by the fire marshal, or as documented by the fire department;
(4) It is determined, by the building official or director of health, that the building, structure or parcel of land is in a condition that poses a threat to the safety, health, morals or general welfare of the community;
(5) It is not being maintained, as evidenced by the existence of one or more of the following conditions:
(a) A missing door or windows;
(b) A collapsed or missing wall, roof or floor;
(c) Damaged or absent siding;
(d) Peeling or chipping paint in exceeding 33% of the structure's total exposed surface area;
(e) A structurally compromised foundation;
(f) Garbage, trash or two or more unregistered or junk motor vehicles on the premises, unless operating as a licensed junk yard;
(g) An overgrown lawn, wherein the grass or weeds have grown to at least nine inches in length. For purposes of this subdivision, the term LAWN means a plot of grass, including any weeds, customarily tended or mowed, adjacent to and/or a part of a residence, business, commercial entity, or estate: or
(h) The presence of graffiti upon any structure for a period of more than five business days after the owner or occupant was notified of the duty to remove said graffiti.
(6) It causes depreciation of property values in the neighborhood;
(7) It creates a substantial and unreasonable interference with the lawful use and enjoyment of other properties in the neighborhood; or
(8) For residences served by residential curbside collection of wastes and recyclables, the placement of a trash can or recycling container within ten feet, or a lesser distance deemed reasonable under the circumstances, of the street or curbline earlier than 24 hours before the scheduled time of collection, or the failure to remove said trash can or recycling container from said location more than 24 hours after said wastes and recyclables have been collected.
BUILDING OFFICIAL. As defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-260.
DILAPIDATED. Any building or structure or part thereof that cannot qualify for a certificate of use and occupancy, or is deemed an unsafe structure, pursuant to the Building Code, §§ 29-252-ld et seq. of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, or any dwelling or dwelling unit that is designated as unfit for human habitation pursuant to the Housing Code, Chapter 154 of this code.
LEGAL OCCUPANCY. Human habitation that is legal by virtue of compliance with Building Code, Fire Safety Code, Health and Sanitation Code, Housing Code, Zoning and any other pertinent rule, and demonstrated by proof of occupancy evidenced through a bona fide lease agreement, rent receipt or utility statement.
NEIGHBORHOOD. An area of the city comprising premises or parcels of land, any part of which is within a radius of 800 feet of any part of the subject parcel.
(Ord. passed 10-22-2012; Ord. passed 9-23-2013)