What is a Conditions Survey (Blight Study) and why do one?
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a mechanism used by communities to fund eligible improvements within a designated area. TIF dollars can only be used within an urban renewal (redevelopment) area. An area may be designated as an urban renewal (or redevelopment) area after the following:

- Independent blight study or conditions survey has been prepared and presented first, to the municipality’s Urban Renewal Authority (the Authority) or Board, and second, to its Council;
- Market analysis has been completed in order to determine the potential for future uses within the urban renewal area, and their potential timing;
- Urban renewal plan document and supporting financing plan (impact analysis) have been prepared;
- Stakeholders have been contacted and invited to comment on future uses and required improvements within the area; and
- Council accepts the findings of the conditions survey and adopts (by resolution) the urban renewal plan.

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1. What is a Conditions Survey (Blight Study) and why do one?
2. What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?
3. If an area is described as “blighted” what does that mean?
4. Why would I, a property/business owner, want to be included in an urban renewal area?
5. Does being in an urban renewal area affect my property values?
6. How are the boundaries of an urban renewal area determined?
7. Does being in an urban renewal area mean my property will be condemned?
8. How will I be compensated if my property is taken in a condemnation action?
9. Who decides what the final urban renewal plan will look like?
10. If my property is in an urban renewal area, what flexibility do I have to improve it?
11. What is the process for establishing an urban renewal area and advancing an urban renewal plan? Generally --
12. How will owning in a neighborhood “declared” blighted affect me as a home-owner?
13. Will my property taxes go up?
14. What happens to low-income residents within urban renewal areas? Should they be concerned that they will be relocated out of their neighborhood?
15. How long will it take to make the improvements the Urban Renewal Authority wants to see?
16. What can URA monies be used for? How can I tap into them as a landlord, business tenant, commercial property landowner, or private resident?
17. What determines which area within an urban renewal you start with first?
18. When there is “blight” in public buildings, how do you address it?
19. How many conditions are needed to declare an area “blighted”?
20. When does 120 days start?
21. Can the “base” (value) go up or down?
22. Do I have to disclose a “blight” designation on my property when I sell it?
23. What are the powers and duties of Councils and Commissions in urban renewal?
24. What will the urban renewal plan do for me?
25. What won’t the urban renewal plan do for me?