Committee to propose district boundaries, projects

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A new advisory committee met on Feb. 28 and received forecasts for revenue that might come from the formation of a proposed Urban Renewal District.

Hermiston’s fledgling Urban Renewal District Planning Advisory Committee listened to a presentation from the city’s urban renewal consultants on revenue forecasts from a potential district, as well as a breakdown of the potential projects which were included in the Town Center Urban Renewal District Feasibility Report, which is available on the City of Hermiston website at www.hermiston.or.us.

The advisory committee is responsible for forming an Urban Renewal District Plan, which, if accepted by the Hermiston City Council, would establish where the district boundaries will lie, how long the district will exist, how much revenue the district can divert from existing taxing entities, and what projects the revenue can be spent on.

The next meeting of the committee will include a presentation from Pendleton City Councilor Keith May, who will talk about the successes and challenges in Pendleton’s Urban Renewal District. The committee will also begin to refine proposals for projects in the district.

That meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Council Chambers of Hermiston City Hall.