The Redevelopment Process
Every redevelopment project in which PURA gets involved, by its nature, is difficult. If a proposed project did not have problems—financial, physical, or market driven—the private sector would be able to accomplish the redevelopment on its own and there would be no need for PURA assistance.
PURA becomes aware of potential projects in a number of ways. Projects may be brought to the authority’s attention by city leaders, neighborhood groups or developers, among others. Sometimes, redevelopment is part of a city policy directive.
Once PURA has a proposed project before it, the authority follows a structured process to take a redevelopment effort from concept to reality.
What is the first step in the redevelopment process?
The first step is to conduct a blight study. This task is generally performed by consultants skilled in conducting blight studies.
A blight study has a two-fold purpose—to determine whether PURA can become involved in a project and to help establish the boundaries of the urban renewal area. Often the boundaries used for the blight study become the boundaries for the urban renewal area, but the final area also may be smaller than the area used for the blight study. In no circumstance may the urban renewal area boundaries be set outside the boundaries of the blight study area.
What happens after the blight study?
If blight is found, the next step in the process is development of a redevelopment plan. This plan provides a legal framework for implementing redevelopment activities in a project area.
Who approves the redevelopment plan?
A redevelopment plan is approved at public meetings by both the PURA Board of Commissioners and the Pueblo City Council.
Are projects subjected to any kind of design review?
Yes. PURA participates in a design review process, frequently in conjunction with the Planning Office and other city staff. The purpose of the review is to make sure that any proposed redevelopment project fits appropriately into the surrounding area and with any overall city planning objectives.
Who authorizes the use of TIF for a project?
The Pueblo City Council through the approval of the redevelopment plan.
Is there any kind of agreement between PURA and the developer?
Yes. Once City Council has approved the redevelopment plan, PURA negotiates a redevelopment agreement with the developer. This document includes a detailed description of the project, the budget, how the tax increment will be used and a performance schedule, among other things.
At what point can I have input into the redevelopment process?
There are several points at which the public can have input into the redevelopment process. People who reside in, own property in, or have a business in a neighborhood have the biggest stake in a redevelopment project because it affects their families and lifestyles. For that reason, a developer may seek neighborhood input on a project even before coming to PURA for assistance.
Once PURA has been asked to get involved in a redevelopment effort, it usually makes one or more presentations to neighborhood groups in the urban renewal area. The purpose of these presentations is to explain the project and seek input from the neighborhood. Members of the public also have the opportunity to attend PURA Board meetings to hear discussion on a project.
When a redevelopment plan reaches City Council for approval, the public has another formal opportunity to comment on the plan. The state Urban Renewal Law requires a public hearing on every plan before City Council takes action, and that public notice be given 30 days before the hearing in a general circulation newspaper. All property owners, residents and owners of business concerns in the proposed urban renewal area must receive written notice of the public hearing.
Request for Proposals (RFPs)
PURA utilizes the Request for Proposals (RFP) Process to procure technical and professional services. The formal RFP process is as follows:
- Authority issuance of RFP.
- Evaluation process.
- Evaluation criteria: cost, qualifications, performance record/history, locally owned and operated firm within Pueblo County and completion time.
There are no current RFPs. Please check back soon.