About the Agency
The Oregon State Legislature is granted power by the State Constitution to set up the framework for financing urban renewal. In 1957, the Legislature used that power by enacting a law which allows each city to create an urban renewal agency with the purpose of removing “blight.” As a result, the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency was created on July 25, 1989, by City Ordinance No. 89-11. Currently, more than 50 cities and counties have urban renewal plans in place. (For more information on urban renewal generally, please visit the Oregon Department of Revenue.)
If an urban renewal agency undertakes to remove blight, it must create an urban renewal district. The most active district the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency created was the Downtown Urban Renewal District. This district, created in 1995 by City Ordinance 95-32, is where most of the Community Development Department’s energy and resources go. Please take a moment to find out more regarding the exciting projects that the Urban Renewal Agency has been working on in the Downtown District!
Prior to the creation of the Downtown District, the Agency created the South Airport Industrial Area through City Ordinance No. 89-16 (1989). This particular district closed at the conclusion of 2010.
The Redmond City Council currently serves as the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency Board, and meets in this capacity as needed.