Council meets on Monday, and a novel approach to Urban Renewal, including a name change, looks to be developed.
|Apartment blocks in blue; private drive and parking lots|
off cul-de-sacs; single detached homes line D and Park
|Proposed TIF District = apartment complex|
The proposed Jory Apartments TIF District will create more affordable housing in the community. The TIF District is proposed on a portion of the former Oregon State Hospital North Campus to incent additional affordable housing as part of a proposed mixed-income development. The proposed TIF District can serve as model to encourage affordable housing in other areas of Salem.The fact that it would be a district captive in some sense, devoted to the needs of a single developer and project, should give Council pause. Shouldn't there be some element of competitive bid or other competitive element to ensure that it is not merely a giveaway? The City may be giving up too much leverage in a negotiation.
Without incentives, developers are unwilling to build affordable housing projects. The City Strategic Plan identifies increasing affordable housing options as a top priority. The Salem Housing Authority (SHA) has a waiting list of 6,000 individuals and families in need of affordable housing....
Staff will return to the Urban Renewal Agency Board with a development agreement outlining details of the expected property tax rebate program....The Board will approve the incentives and the signing of a development agreement containing those incentives and a commitment by the developer to produce the affordable housing units.
You might recall a comment highlighting a study that found opposition to new housing frequently keyed in on perceptions of unfair or disproportionate developer profits. A single lot TIF District targeted to a single developer, all to be negotiated privately seems like something of a problem in that regard.
Council should insist on greater transparency here.
The need for housing is tremendous. Again, this may be a worthwhile experiment. But Council should approach it as an experiment and include robust reporting and decision points for course-correction. The Staff Report recognizes at least some of this, with an unusually detailed plan for public comment:
The proposed plan is also made available for public comment through tonight’s meeting and at the March 24, 2020 Planning Commission meeting.(There are a couple of documents with the Staff Report and there might be more to say on them over the weekend.)
Following the comment period, the Urban Renewal Agency will hold a public hearing to consider adopting the Jory Apartments TIF District. The public hearing and first reading of the ordinance are planned for April 27, 2020 and the second reading is scheduled for May 11, 2020. The Urban Renewal Agency Board will accept the TIF Plan and Report at either the May 26, 2020 or June 8, 2020 meeting.
|Fantasies of flight|
The report is being shared now as an information item and will be discussed on March 16, 2020 at a work session on economic development.Apparently, because we have accepted Federal grant monies, we have obligated ourselves to airport expansion?
Increasing Airport fund revenue is critical for two key reasons. As a recipient of federal grant funds from the Airport Improvement Program, the City binds itself to several grant assurances for twenty years each time it accepts a federal grant. Included in those grant assurances are the requirement for the airport to be as financially self-sufficient as possible, to operate and maintain its airport facilities in a safe and serviceable condition, and to maintain, repair and/or reconstruct its pavements to ensure useful life is maximized. Failure to meet the requirements of federal grant assurances places the City in a position of possibly paying back all or some of the several grants the City has secured in the past twenty years. Since 2000, grant awards total approximately $15.0 million. Federal grants require a 10% local match, which is funded out of the Airport fund and, on occasion, the City’s General Fund.
|There is a section on Carbon Monoxide,|
but nothing on Carbon Dioxide
|Local air travel contributed a small amount of emissions|
|Four areas highlighted with changes (red and yellow added)|
There may not be any net gain in parking stalls. however. There also appears to have been some changes to the distribution of bike parking. There might be more to say later.
In any case, they've already scraped the grass from the lower practice field inside the running track, and the Historic Landmarks Commission accepted the video proposal for "mitigation" on the demolition of the old Leslie Junior High.
|Howard St was Washington Street in 1892|
Numbered north-south streets also
(1892 map at the Mill)
|The Nullifiers won this one - Register Guard today|
historical commentary added
(picking up the story in the "Salemaesman Journal")
CANDO has an analysis of a proposal for a day space that would provide votes for a new sit-lie ordinance.