Council Activates Urban Renewal Agency

Release Date: 
05/20/2013

The City Council Monday voted to activate its Urban Renewal Agency.  The action does not create an Urban Renewal District, but creates the agency which will be able to propose the district's formation and oversee its operations if ultimately adopted.  State law requires an Urban Renewal Agency to refer an Urban Renewal District Plan to a city's Planning Commission and the City Council before a district can be created.  If formation of an Urban Renewal District is ultimately turned down by the City Council, the Council can dissolve the Urban Renewal Agency by ordinance.

The City's Urban Renewal Planning Advisory Committee (URD-PAC) has been working since early Spring to establish a set of recommended projects and programs that a downtown Urban Renewal District could accomplish if formed by the City Council.  Members of the URD-PAC are now presenting that list of projects and programs to members of the community for feedback before making a final plan recommendation.  A public open house to showcase the projects is set for 5 p.m. June 13th on Main Street in the breezeway between Bendixsen's law office and Andee's Boutique.

More information about the Urban Renewal District can be found HERE.

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