After addressing questions about blight, eminent domain and resources for structural improvements, the Delta City Council officially adopted the Delta Urban Renewal Authority plan.
By state law, an urban renewal authority can only engage in projects designed to improve slum and blight conditions.
By unanimous vote, the Delta Urban Renewal Authority has approved the plan that outlines how the city will reduce, eliminate and prevent blight in an effort to attract and stimulate economic development.
While a hotel is the primary means by which the plan is intended to be implemented, it is not the only option on the table, said DURA attorney Carolynne White.
The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.
The Delta Urban Renewal Authority has officially been expanded to include representatives from the taxing agencies that are being asked to buy in to the city's vision for economic revitalization.
The Delta Urban Renewal Authority, or DURA, has been in existence since 1985 but was inactive until recent economic revitalization efforts underscored the need to secure funding for future projects.
The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck provided an "urban renewal refresher" for members of the Delta City Council on Sept. 2.
Carolynne White and Caitlin Quander, associates of the law firm, explained urban renewal is primarily intended to prevent and eliminate slums and blight -- not to fund economic development, create jobs or increase tax revenue.
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