Redevelopment

UPDATE- On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court rendered its decision in the court case involving the constitutionality of legislative bill ABx1 26.  ABx1 26 is the bill signed by Governor Brown on June 29, 2011, which abolished California Redevelopment Agencies effective October 1, 2011.  The Supreme Court ultimately decided to uphold the constitutionality of ABx1 26.  In its decision, the Court modified timelines contained in ABx1 26, as the delays due to the court case made the original dates in the legislation impractical.  The impact of the Court’s decision is that the Victorville Redevelopment Agency is an entity that was dissolved, effective February 1, 2012.  On January 17, 2012, the City of Victorville elected to become the Successor Agency to the Victorville Redevelopment Agency.

The role of the Successor Agency is to wind down the affairs of the former redevelopment agency (RDA).  Effective February 1, 2012, the assets, properties, contracts, and leases of the former RDA were transferred to the Successor Agency.  The Successor Agency is responsible for continuing payments on the Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule (EOPS), performing contractual obligations, disposing of assets and property, and preparing administrative budgets.  The Successor Agency also prepared a draft Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) for required payments of the former RDA.  Click here to view the updated reports here.

The Successor Agency will report to an Oversight Board to be formed no later than May 1, 2012, which consists of representatives appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Victorville Mayor, the largest special district by property tax share, and a member representing employees of the former RDA.  The oversight Board will direct the staff of the Successor Agency, have fiduciary responsibilities to holders of enforceable obligations, approve actions of the Successor Agency and establish the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule. 


Victorville Redevelopment Agency

In 1945, the State of California enacted the Community Redevelopment Act in response to the blight and decay spreading in US cities.  The Act gave cities and counties in the State of California the authority to create redevelopment agencies which would address those issues of blight and decay.  In 1951, the Community Redevelopment Act was codified and added to the Health and Safety Code and renamed the California Redevelopment Law. 

With the authority given to the City by the California Redevelopment Law, the City of Victorville created the Victorville Redevelopment Agency (RDA) in 1981 as a means to stimulate development in the Victorville area. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Victorville Redevelopment Agency is to eliminate conditions of blight by promoting and providing affordable housing to households with low to moderate incomes, encourage opportunities to new and expanding commercial and industrial businesses, promote the regional attributes of the Victor Valley and to dedicate resources necessary to successfully redevelop Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). 

The Agency has created local jobs, improved public infrastructure, spurred commercial development, redeveloped vacant land and provided affordable housing.  The Victorville RDA has received recognition and awards for its work from renowned organizations such as the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and the California Redevelopment Association (CRA).         

The Victorville RDA has adopted four redevelopment project areas, listed below.  Click on the corresponding link to learn more about each project area.

Bear Valley Project Area
Hook Project Area
Old Town/Midtown Project Area
Victor Valley Project Area

About Redevelopment in California

  • Redevelopment activities support an average of 304,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs in a typical year, including 170,600 construction jobs;
  • Redevelopment contributes over $40 billion annually to California’s economy in the generation of goods and services;
  • Redevelopment construction activities generate $2 billion in state and local taxes in a typical year; and
  • The success stories of redevelopment are all over California and available for all to see. The downtown areas of Sacramento, San Diego, Pasadena, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose stand as outstanding examples of saving blighted neighborhoods and turning them into hubs of economic activity and job creation.

Why is redevelopment important to our community?
Redevelopment is an essential tool local governments use to improve the quality of portions of their communities that are blighted, unsafe or rundown.  These areas are often overlooked by private businesses not willing to risk investing because the costs outweigh the benefits for an individual company.  With the assistance of Victorville Redevelopment Agency, companies can expand or relocate to our area, providing high quality jobs for local residents. 

What is redevelopment?
Redevelopment is the process authorized under California law that enables local government entities to revitalize deteriorated and blighted areas in their communities.  Under the law, local jurisdictions are able to form a redevelopment agency with the specific goal to develop a plan and provide funding for revitalization of identified areas.  In doing so, redevelopment encourages and attracts private sector investment that otherwise wouldn’t occur.  Redevelopment agencies are overseen by the local city, county or an appointed board officials, all accountable to the public.

How are redevelopment agencies funded?
Redevelopment agencies are funded through tax increment financing, which was approved by California voters in 1951 to address blight in urban areas.  Tax increment revenues are property taxes that remain within the community in which they are generated and are not new or additional taxes on residents.  Any increase in property tax revenue resulting from the reassessment of property is allocated to redevelopment agencies as a percentage of property tax. 

Does it take away taxes from schools, fire or police?
No.   In fact, the Victorville Redevelopment Agency has provided pass through payments directly to Victorville schools that total over $21 million dollars since the Agency’s inception.

Does living in a redevelopment project area raise my taxes?
No. Redevelopment project areas do not raise taxes on residents.  Redevelopment funds are simply a portion of existing property taxes that are required to be set aside for redevelopment projects that benefit the specific redevelopment area.  This ensures that local tax dollars will be spent on local projects in Victorville.

Why are Redevelopment Agencies in danger of elimination?
The current California Administration has proposed to eliminate almost 400 local redevelopment agencies in the 2011-2012 budget.  Property taxes will not decrease with the elimination of redevelopment agencies as a portion of that tax revenue is proposed to go directly into the state general fund to off-set the current deficit.

What has the Victorville Redevelopment Agency done in our community?
In 1981, the City of Victorville created the Victorville Redevelopment Agency (RDA) as a means to stimulate development in the Victorville area. 

The Victorville Redevelopment Agency has attracted many industrial companies to the city to spur permanent job growth.  As of 2011, the Victorville Redevelopment Agency has assisted in bringing over 4,000 jobs to our city.  The Agency has also brought various office, retail and industrial projects to Victorville to increase property value and quality of life city-wide.  Additionally, the Agency has provided multiple housing options for Victorville families. 

Victorville Redevelopment Agency’s Major Projects:
SCLA – assisted in the creation of over 2,000 jobs with its efforts to redevelop and re-use the former George Air Force Base
Costco Expansion–assisted in finding a site for expansion, keeping the retail giant’s only location in the Victor Valley from moving
Desert Plazas – providing multiple retail options including WinCo Foods, Home Depot, America’s Tire, In-N-Out Burger, Panda Express, Farmer Boys, Starbucks, L& L Hawaiian Barbeque, Papa Johns Pizza, Chopstix and Sushiaru
Dr Pepper Snapple – one of the largest industrial development projects in CA in 2009, bringing over 200 new jobs to the community
Old Town – purchased and demolished old and unsafe buildings to remove hazardous eyesores from our community
Autopark at Valley Center – assisted in the creation of the first auto park in the Victor Valley, with 7 dealers that have generated 330 local jobs
Workforce Housing – provided over 1,500 affordable housing options for working families
First Time Homebuyer Assistance – provided assistance for almost 350 first-time homebuyers in our community.