Urban Renewal Law and Legal Definition

Urban renewal refers to the process of redeveloping urban areas by renovating or replacing existing dilapidated buildings in urban areas. It is achieved through new housing, public buildings, parks, roadways and industrial areas. Urban renewal is implemented in accordance with comprehensive plans.

In Bridgeport Taxpayers Asso. v. Bridgeport, 26 Conn. Supp. 239 (Conn. Super. Ct. 1965), the court held that an urban renewal plan is a plan for an urban renewal project, which plan shall conform to the general plan for the municipality as a whole. It must be sufficiently complete to indicate such land acquisition, demolition and removal of structures, redevelopment, improvements, and rehabilitation as may be proposed to be carried out in the area of the urban renewal project, zoning and planning changes, if any, land uses, maximum densities, building requirements and the plan's relationship to definite local objectives respecting appropriate land uses, improved traffic, public transportation, public utilities, recreational and community facilities and other public improvements.