Blighted Property Review
Blighted Property Review Committee Meetings
- 4:00 p.m.
- Third Wednesday of every month
- In-Person & Virtual
- Vacant, (term end 12/31/23)
- Phil Vontor, Vice Chair (term ends 12/31/23)
- Brian Hydier, Planning Commission Representative (term ends 12/31/23)
- Pamela Finegan, Deputy Executive Director, RAMC (term ends 12/31/23)
Pottstown Borough Council, by ordinance, has formed a Blighted Property Review Committee to identify and determine blighted properties as permitted by the Urban Redevelopment Law. The Blighted Property Review Committee consists of five members and works in conjunction with the Pottstown Borough Planning Commission to discuss and identify properties that may qualify as blighted pursuant to the provisions of the State Law.
Once a Resolution has been enacted by the Blighted Property Review Committee and the Pottstown Borough Planning Commission declaring property to be blighted, the Pottstown Borough Code Enforcement Office sends notice of the Code Violations to the property owner to rectify the blighted conditions. In the event the property owner fails to timely rectify the blighted conditions, the property can thereafter be certified as blighted.
In order to meet the definition of a blighted property within the Blighted Property Review Committee process, the property must be vacant and also possess one of the following conditions, as set forth in 35 P.S. Section 1712.1(c): (1) Any premises which because of physical condition or use is regarded as a public nuisance at common law or has been declared a public nuisance in accordance with the local housing, building, plumbing, fire and related codes.
(2) Any premises which because of physical condition, use or occupancy is considered an attractive nuisance to children, including but not limited to abandoned wells, shafts, basements, excavations, and unsafe fences or structures.
(3) Any dwelling which because it is dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, vermin-infested or lacking in the facilities and equipment required by the housing code of the municipality, has been designated by the department responsible for enforcement of the code as unfit for human habitation.
(4) any structure which is a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to the safety of persons or property.
(5) Any structure from which the utilities, plumbing, heating, sewerage or other facilities have been disconnected, destroyed, removed, or rendered ineffective so that the property is unfit for its intended use.
(6) Any vacant or unimproved lot or parcel of ground in a predominantly built-up-neighborhood, which by reason of neglect or lack of maintenance has become a place for accumulation of trash and debris, or a haven for rodents or other vermin.
(7) Any unoccupied property which has been tax delinquent for a period of two years prior to the effective date of this act, and those in the future having a two year tax delinquency.
(8) Any property which is vacant but not tax delinquent, which has not been rehabilitated within one year of the receipt of notice to rehabilitate from the appropriate code enforcement agency.