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HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
SECTION 33478-33478.3

33478. (a) For the purpose of allocating taxes pursuant to Section
33670 and subject to the provisions of this article, redevelopment
project areas under the jurisdiction of the redevelopment agency of
the City of Richmond or the City of Pittsburg for which redevelopment
plans have been adopted pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with
Section 33360), may be merged, without regard to contiguity of such
areas, by the amendment of each affected redevelopment plan as
provided in Article 12 (commencing with Section 33450). Except as
provided in subdivision (b), taxes attributable to each project area
merged pursuant to this section which are allocated to the
redevelopment agency pursuant to Section 33670 may be allocated, as
provided in subdivision (b), to the entire merged project area for
the purpose of paying the principal of, and interest on, indebtedness
incurred by the redevelopment agency to finance or refinance, in
whole or in part, such merged redevelopment project.
(b) If the redevelopment agency has, prior to merger of
redevelopment project areas pursuant to subdivision (a), incurred any
indebtedness on account of a constituent project area so merged,
taxes attributable to that area which are allocated to the agency
pursuant to Section 33670 shall be first used to comply with the
terms of any bond resolution or other agreement pledging such taxes
from the constituent project area.
(c) In connection with any amendment which proposes merger of
redevelopment project areas pursuant to subdivision (a), the county
or any affected taxing entity may call for the creation of a fiscal
review committee as provided for in Article 4 (commencing with
Section 33330).
(d) After merger of redevelopment projects pursuant to subdivision
(a), the clerk of the legislative body shall transmit a copy of the
ordinance amending the plans for projects to be merged to the
governing body of each of the taxing agencies which levies taxes upon
any property in the project.


33478.1. (a) Subject to the provisions of subdivisions (a) and (b)
of Section 33478, not less than 20 percent of all taxes which are
allocated to the redevelopment agency pursuant to Section 33670 for
redevelopment projects merged pursuant to this article, irrespective
of the date of adoption of the final redevelopment plans shall be
deposited by the agency in the Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund
established pursuant to Section 33334.3, or which shall be
established for purposes of this section, except if the agency finds
that not less than 4 percent of the housing units within its
jurisdiction receive subsidies to make such units affordable to low-
or moderate-income households. The agency shall use the moneys in
such fund to assist in the construction or rehabilitation of housing
units which will be available to, or occupied by, persons and
families of low or moderate income, as defined in Section 50093, and
very low income households, as defined in Section 50105, for a
period of not less than 30 years. For the purposes of this
subdivision, "construction and rehabilitation" shall include
acquisition of land, improvements to land; the acquisition,
rehabilitation, or construction of structures; or the provision of
subsidies necessary to provide housing for persons and families of
low or moderate income, as defined in Section 50093, and very low
income households, as defined in Section 50105.
(b) The agency may use the funds set aside by subdivision (a)
inside or outside the project area. However, the agency may only use
these funds outside the project area upon a resolution of the agency
and the legislative body that such use will be of benefit to the
project. Such determination by the agency and the legislative body
shall be final and conclusive as to the issue of benefit to the
project area. The Legislature finds and declares that the provision
of replacement housing pursuant to Section 33413 is of benefit to a
project.
The Legislature finds and declares that expenditures or
obligations incurred by the agency pursuant to this section shall
constitute an indebtedness of the project.
(c) If moneys deposited in the Low and Moderate Income Housing
Fund pursuant to this section have not been committed for the
purposes specified in subdivisions (a) and (b) for a period of six
years following deposit in that fund, the agency shall offer such
moneys to the housing authority which operates within the
jurisdiction of the agency, if activated pursuant to Section 34240,
for the purpose of constructing or rehabilitating housing as provided
in subdivisions (a) and (b).
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 33413, any agency
which merges its redevelopment project areas pursuant to this article
shall be subject to the provisions of subdivisions (a) and (c) of
Section 33413.


33478.2. Prior to merging project areas pursuant to Section 33478,
the redevelopment agency shall notify the department of its intention
to merge its project areas, which shall occur no later than 30 days
prior to adoption of the ordinance which provides for merger.

33478.3. This article shall be applicable to only those
redevelopment projects of the City of Richmond for which a final
redevelopment plan was adopted by ordinance on or before July 1,
1975, and amendments thereto adopted on or before June 1, 1980. This
article shall be applicable to only those redevelopment projects of
the City of Pittsburg for which a final redevelopment plan was
adopted by ordinance on or before June 1, 1980, and amendments
thereto adopted on or before June 1, 1980. The Legislature finds and
declares that conditions unique to the financing of redevelopment in
the City of Richmond and the City of Pittsburg require the granting
of authority to merge project areas.


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