Frequently Asked Questions
Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) is the redevelopment and urban renewal agency for Boise, Idaho, founded by the City of Boise in 1965 as the Boise Redevelopment Agency (B.R.A.). Today, CCDC is a public redevelopment agency serving as a catalyst for quality private development through urban design, economic development and infrastructure investment with a goal of “building vitality in Boise’s downtown.” CCDC’s nine-member Board of Commissioners directs the activities of the agency. The commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Boise City Council. They serve five-year terms and are not compensated for their service. The agency employs a staff of fifteen people.
The Idaho State Code authorizes CCDC to undertake redevelopment activities in deteriorating and underdeveloped areas in urban renewal districts approved by the Boise City Council. Redevelopment activities can include planning, property acquisition and disposition, site preparation, construction of public improvements and facilities and development partnerships consistent with the provisions of an adopted urban renewal plan. Under certain conditions, the rehabilitation of existing structures can be undertaken.
- Master Planning & Urban Design
- Investment & Economic Development
- Public Parking System & Public Open Spaces
- Realize Long-Term Urban Design & Development Plans
- Develop Financial Plan
- Strengthen Economic Development Program
- Transform the Transportation System
- Advance Parking Solutions
- Stimulate High-Quality Development
- Address Neighborhood Revitalization
- Increase Urban Vitality—Arts, Culture & Public Realm
- Develop and Sustain Partnerships
CCDC is responsible for preparing master plans and managing redevelopment activities within four designated urban renewal districts. Redevelopment activities include both public and private projects. Public projects are used to leverage private development in the plan area. Public projects have included parking garage construction and operation, transportation and street improvements, brick sidewalks and public plaza construction, street tree planting, construction of public buildings, partnerships with private developers and funding public art.
CCDC also owns and manages the Downtown Public Parking System, which consists of six parking garages with over 2,500 spaces.
CCDC’s activities and finances in the previous year are reviewed in the annual report.
CCDC currently has responsibility for the redevelopment of four urban renewal districts in downtown Boise generally bounded by State St., the Boise River, Broadway Ave. and Whitewater Park Blvd (formally known as 30th Street).
The basic authority to create urban renewal agencies and to undertake urban renewal projects is granted to all cities and counties in Idaho by the state legislature in Title 50, Chapter 20, Idaho Code. The Local Economic Development Act ( Title 50, Chapter 29) authorizes urban renewal agencies to use tax increment financing “to finance the economic growth and development of urban renewal areas.”
CCDC’s activities are currently funded through a combination of tax increment financing (TIF), parking system revenue and outside grants. Tax increment financing (called “revenue allocation” in Idaho Code) is a tool used in 49 states that pays for public improvements by capturing the increase in property tax value resulting from those improvements. At the time an urban renewal district is formed, the county assessor establishes the current value for each property in that district. This value is the “base” value. Over time, as redevelopment plans are realized and public and private investments in new development occurs in the district the property values tend to rise. The increase in value over the base is called the “increment” value. The taxes generated by this incremental value are used by the agency to pay for public improvements and other revitalization activities in that district. When the district closes (now up to 20 years) the increment value is added back to the base value on the tax rolls. This helps diversify and strengthen the economic bases of both the city and the county.
More on TIF: TIF resource library of the Council of Development Finance Agencies; National Association of Realtors’ comprehensive report on TIF. In Idaho, there is a guide produced by the Association of Idaho Cities called “Urban Renewal 101.”
No, in a properly formed district (one where economic disinvestment is evident and revitalization is essential) the taxing districts of local government (schools, emergency services, mosquito abatement, etc.) receive all revenue to which they are entitled under state law and applicable budget and levy limits. Urban renewal districts only use property tax increment for the life of the district; at the end of the district’s term the gains in new value are added to the tax rolls. All additional sales and income taxes resulting from the new development accrue to the state throughout the life of the district and beyond.
Urban renewal districts are formed in areas that are often in need of additional infrastructure for support of schools, police, housing, roads, utilities, etc. Therefore, an urban renewal plan can include many infrastructure improvements, and CCDC has improved streets and sidewalks, moved canals and other utilities, placed power lines underground, installed traffic signals, funded fire trucks, planted trees and more.
No, tax rates are not directly affected by district boundaries. Property tax obligations are based on whatever government taxing districts the property is located within. So, a property in a renewal district that is in the same taxing districts as a property outside of a renewal district is levied at the same rate. The only difference is that the increment within a renewal district is directed to revitalization efforts in that district. Property owners within a district do have two line items on their tax bill, for the base and the increment, but the total amount charged to an individual taxpayer is the same whether the property is inside or outside an urban renewal district.
No, assuming the redevelopment activities result in growth that would not have occurred otherwise, property taxes are not higher than if a district was never formed. CCDC’s activities have helped raise property values within Boise’s renewal districts at a faster rate than Boise as a whole, or any other city in the region (18% growth over the past 10 years). This translates into a more valuable property for the owner. The tax levy rate may rise slightly (perhaps insignificantly) for all property owners in a county to accommodate the TIF mechanism of the districts within the county, but the amount is returned as a benefit at the end of the districts’ life.
CCDC’s mission incluldes acting as an advocate to implement urban renewal plans and revitalization initiatives and to create “vibrant urban environments” and “walkable urban places.” Additionally, Boise’s zoning ordinance requires design review applications for projects in the urban renewal districts to include written comment from CCDC and, therefore, CCDC is given the opportunity to review applications for design review and other entitlements and to submit written comment. Relative to its mission and the Boise zoning ordinance, CCDC submits supportive recommendations to the city for those projects that are consistent with adopted urban renewal plans and urban design objectives.
- Sidewalk tripping hazards, pavement (ACHD)
- Building graffiti (adjacent property owner)
- Overflowing Dumpster (business owner)
- Tree maintenance, replacement (property owner; more info)
- Street benches (CCDC)
- Broken tree grates (property owner)
- Sidewalk litter (DBA)
- Damaged mailbox (USPS)
- Broken street lights (City)
- Damaged traffic box/signal or missing street sign (ACHD)
- Broken bollard, bricks (CCDC)
- Flower planters (DBA)
- Trash in street (ACHD)
- Overflowing trash cans (DBA)
- Broken parking meter (City)
- Snow on sidewalk (property owner/DBA)
- Damaged bus shelter (VRT)
- Hazardous sign (prop. owner)
- Alleyways (property owner/ACHD)
Just visit our online Brick Finder.
CCDC owns the Downtown Public Parking System, so credit or debit card charges for parking in downtown Boise parking garages are billed from CCDC.
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