The following words and phrases used in this chapter, and others evidently intended as the equivalent thereof, in the absence of clear implication herein otherwise, shall be given the following respective interpretations herein:
(1) APPLICANT. A natural person who files a written application with the governing body of any city in accordance with Section 11-54A-4.
(2) AUTHORITY. Any redevelopment authority organized pursuant to this chapter.
(3) AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION. A resolution adopted by the governing body of any city in accordance with Section 11-54A-4, that authorizes the corporation of the authority.
(4) BOARD. The board of directors of the authority.
(5) BONDS. Shall include bonds, notes, and certificates representing an obligation to pay money.
(6) CITY. Any incorporated city or town in the State of Alabama with respect to which a redevelopment authority may be organized.
(7) DIRECTOR. A member of the board of the authority.
(8) DEVELOPMENT AREA. Any business district of the city which is not more than three miles from the central business district and shall include areas used predominantly for business and commercial purposes.
(9) GOVERNING BODY. With respect to any city, its city council, board of commissioners, or other like governing body.
(10) INCORPORATORS. The persons forming a public corporation organized pursuant to this chapter.
(11) PERSON. Unless limited to a natural person by the context in which it is used, includes a public or private corporation, a municipality, a county, or an agency, department, or instrumentality of the state, or of a county or municipality.
(12) PRINCIPAL OFFICE. The place at which the certificate of incorporation and amendments thereto, the bylaws, and the minutes of the proceedings of the board of the authority are kept.
(13) PROJECT. Interests in land, buildings, structures, facilities, or other improvements located or to be located within the development area, and any fixtures, machinery, equipment, furniture, or other property of any nature whatsoever used on, in, or in connection with any such land, interest in land, building, structure, facility, or other improvement, all for the essential public purpose of the development of trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities in the development area. A project in the downtown central business district of a municipality may be for any industrial, commercial, business, office, parking, utility, residential (including without limitation homes, apartments, town houses, condominiums, hotels, and motels), or other use, provided that a majority of the members of the authority determine, by a resolution duly adopted, that the project and the use thereof would further the public purpose of this chapter. A project outside of the downtown central business district of a municipality may be for any industrial, commercial, business, office, parking, utility, or other nonresidential use, provided that a majority of the members of the authority determine, by a resolution duly adopted, that the project and the use thereof would further the public purpose of this chapter.
(14) STATE. The State of Alabama.