In the last month, cities have approved a flurry of redevelopment projects, some authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars or more. Their hope was that by having the appropriation on the books, it would be safe from elimination, should the Governor’s budget be approved as submitted.

However, it might not be that simple in the end. Language in the Governor’s proposed budget bill would give his office the authority to examine and cancel any project approved in the last three years.

Currently, this authority only applies to projects approved in the last ninety days.

How this will play out is unknown, but it is a new twist in the battle over redevelopment.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Looks like Gov. Jerry Brown’s office has a contingency plan for all those cities around California that have been rushing to approve redevelopment money before the state can kill the program. (Eliminating redevelopment is a key part of Brown’s plan to solve the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.)

Included in a bill proposed by Brown’s office that would eliminate redevelopment is language which would let the state “review the validity of the adoption or amendment of a redevelopment plan at any time within three years after the date of the adoption of the ordinance adopting or amending the plan, if the adoption of the ordinance occurred after January 1, 2011.”

Need that in English? It means any plans approved after Brown’s budget was unveiled in early January could be killed by state officials anytime in the next three years — instead of the normal 90 days.

Read the full article here.