“It does exist,” he said. “It can be used.”
But finding rules that Derry can apply to its local landscape might be a bit daunting, Town Councilor Mark Osborne said.
“We could take it out of the international code and put it into a more pronounced ordinance,” he said. “It’s difficult for regular folks to find.”
Budreau said there are always two sides to the coin.
“There are pros and cons,” he said. “But it certainly makes sense to understand what those are.”
Councilor Tom Cardon said a majority of the downtown looks good, but some lots are deteriorating.
“It’s time to do something,” he said.
Councilor Neil Wetherbee said a blight ordinance can be difficult to enforce.
“And if we’re going to ask that property owners keep things neatly landscaped, will we then start getting complaints to code enforcement when private citizens don’t mow their lawns?” he said. “It’s easy to look at certain properties and see a problem, but the solutions aren’t always necessarily easy and definitely not always black and white.”
Councilors and Planning Board members will host a joint workshop the first week of December and the blight ordinance may be on the agenda.
“It’s definitely a discussion to renew,” Osborne said.