If it’s blighted, then why?

No one has argued that the blighted property program in Warren County, originally founded in 2008, hasn’t been successful.

But there is still room for some tweaks.

According to the annual report of the Warren County Planning and Zoning Department, 20 cases have been addressed through joint efforts of the county Blighted Property Review Committee and Redevelopment Authority. Of the total number of properties, 13 have been addressed with seven pending in the system, according to the report.

Blighted properties are initially referred by resolution from the supervisors from the township in which the property sits.

“Some municipalities are providing a list of what needs corrected” with the resolution, County Planner Dan Glotz said. “Some are not.”

He explained that he is asking the referring township to include a list of deficiencies that support the declaration of blight “so the committees knows what the problems are.”

Reiterating that the process starts at the township level, Glotz said he is “asking that they (townships) be very clear to the property owner what the deficiencies are.”

To be considered a blighted property, a residence must be unoccupied. In addition, the property must also pose some threat to the public safety, be in a dilapidated condition or be abandoned, among a host of potential rationales.