2006 Regular Session
To: Local and Private
By: Senator(s) Tollison
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES OF THE CITY OF OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI, TO CONSTRUCT, ACQUIRE, MAINTAIN, IMPROVE, EXPAND, ENLARGE, OPERATE AND PROVIDE MUNICIPAL PARKING FACILITIES; TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES TO LEASE, RENT, SELL OR EXCHANGE MUNICIPAL PARKING FACILITIES OR THE AIR AND DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS ABOVE MUNICIPAL PARKING FACILITIES; TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES TO NEGOTIATE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, ENLARGEMENT OR EXPANSION OF PARKING FACILITIES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. As used in this act:
(a) "City" means the City of Oxford, Mississippi.
(b) "Governing authorities" means the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Oxford, Mississippi.
(c) "Parking facility" means any property owned by the City of Oxford, Mississippi, and utilized as a public parking lot.
(d) "Air and development rights" means the right to use, control and occupy the space above a piece of property.
SECTION 2. The governing authorities are authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to construct, acquire, maintain, improve, expand, enlarge, operate and provide municipal parking facilities for motor vehicles belonging to members of the general public. In providing municipal parking facilities as authorized by this act, the provisions of Section 21-37-23 and Section 21-37-25 regarding the establishment and operating of parking facilities and the legislative process for parking facilities shall not apply.
SECTION 3. The governing authorities are authorized and empowered to lease, rent, sell or exchange parking facilities or the air and development rights above parking facilities to any person, firm, association or corporation for commercial or industrial purposes under such terms, conditions and for such periods of time as the governing authorities deem proper. In conveying parking facilities under the provisions of this act, any provisions of Section 21-17-1 regarding the disposition of municipal property shall not apply.
SECTION 4. The governing authorities are authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to negotiate with public or private entities for the construction, enlargement or expansion of parking facilities authorized by this act when the governing authorities find that because of the nature of the project or any portion of the project, or because of special circumstances with respect to the project or any portion of the project, it would better serve the public interests or more effectively achieve the purposes of this act to enter into such contracts by negotiation. The requirements of the general laws of the State of Mississippi governing the advertisement of bids and the letting of public construction contracts by municipalities shall not apply to transactions authorized by this section.
SECTION 5. The governing authorities, in their discretion, are authorized to convey or grant upon such terms and conditions as the governing authorities deem proper, easements or licenses as may be required for the construction or enlargement of the existing parking facilities and the utilization of the air and development rights above such parking facilities.
SECTION 6. The governing authorities are authorized and empowered, in their discretion to sell, lease or rent for such terms and period of time as the governing authorities determine appropriate, the air and development rights over parking facilities in exchange for the construction by the grantee of an enlarged or improved parking facility.
SECTION 7. The governing authorities, in order to provide for the expansion, enlargement or construction of public parking facilities as authorized by this act, are authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to sell, convey or lease the existing parking facilities or portions thereof on such terms and for such periods of time as the governing authorities determine appropriate in order to allow for the construction, enhancement or enlargement of the public parking facilities or as may be necessary for the development of the air rights above such parking facility.
SECTION 8. In order to convey the air and development rights above parking facilities, the governing authorities shall have requested, received and considered proposals for the development of additional public parking and shall find and determine by resolution that the use of the air and development rights to be sold, conveyed or leased will promote and foster the development and improvement of the city and the civic, social, educational, cultural, moral, economic or industrial welfare thereof.
SECTION 9. This act shall take effect and be enforced from and after its passage.