From Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton.
Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton has written a community economic and vitality redevelopment plan for the City of Dearborn Heights. Items include Redevelopment Ready Community certification and preparedness, one-stop shop business start-up tools, redevelopment of business corridors, neighborhood stabilization, developing partnerships with non-profits, businesses, school districts, neighborhood associations, residents, and local government.
In addition, the State of Michigan Legislature passed several bills in 2013/ 2014 to help local municipalities fight blight and hold property owners accountable. Other bills passed are designed to fix weaknesses in the current blight enforcement process and streamline the lien process to ensure judgments are paid, plus streamline procedures to garnish wages from people who don’t pay blight fines.
Cities also could decide against issuing zoning approvals or building permits to anyone with blight violations under the legislation. Another great idea to consider- community gardens. Community The City Beautiful Commission discussed this subject in 2010. Great idea for a non-profit, neighborhood associations, or a group of residents. The City of Dearborn Heights could donate a city-owned lot for use- would save on maintenance of a vacant lot. What are your thoughts?