The Oversight Board
The Oversight Board of the Oroville Successor Agency is responsible to review action of the Successor Agency in accordance with Assembly Bill X1 26, which dissolved the redevelopment agency.
The Dissolution Act (Health and Safety Code Section 34179) requires that each successor agency have an Oversight Board composed of seven members appointed by specific governmental entities. Each member of the Oversight Board serves at the pleasures of the entity that appointed such member. The appointees to the Oversight Board, list alphabetically by last name, are as follows:
- Scott Thomson, Oroville City Council Member
(Appointed by the Mayor of the City of Oroville)
- Tad Alexander, Assistant Superintendent, Butte County Office of Education
(Appointed by the Superintendent of the Butte County Office of Education)
- Bill Connelly, Butte County Supervisor, District 1
(Appointed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors)
- Amy Bergstrand, Management Analyst III of the City of Oroville
(Appointed by the employee organization representing former Oroville RDA employees)
- Victoria Smith, Feather River Recreation and Parks District Board Member
(Appointed by the FRRPD Board, the largest special district in the RDA Project Area)
- Larry Grundmann, member of the General Public
(Appointed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors as the member of the public)
- Vacant, Butte-Glenn Community College
(Appointed by the Chancellor of the California Community College System)
OVERSIGHT BOARD APPROVED ITEMS
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule ROPS 16-17 - Approved on 01/27/2016
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule ROPS 14-15B - Approved on 09/24/2014
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule ROPS 14-15A - Approved on 02/26/2014
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule ROPS 13-14B - Approved on 09/25/2013
Due Diligence Review Non-Housing Assets - Approved on 01/16/2013
Due Diligence Review Housing Assets - Approved on 10/31/2012
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule III - Approved on 08/24/2012
Long Range Property Management Plan - Approved on 07/18/2012
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule II - Approved on 05/24/2012
Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule I - Approved on 05/16/2012
Oversight Board Presentation - Presented at Oversight Board Meeting on 04/30/2012
Financial Outlook Presentation - Presented at Oversight Board Meeting on 04/30/2012
Successor Agency Administration
Phone: (530) 538-2405
Fax: (530) 538-2468
The Oroville Successor Agency
As defined under ABX1 26, the Successor Agency is a newly created entity that is responsible for winding down the affairs of the redevelopment agency. In doing so, the Successor Agency plays a critical role in continuing to fulfill and make payments on preexisting and continuing Agency debt obligations, such as bonded indebtedness, loans, judgments or settlements, and other legally binding and enforceable agreements or contracts that meet specified criteria of the law.
In accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 34173(d)(1), the City would automatically become the Successor Agency unless it affirmatively elected not to serve as the Successor Agency by Resolution. In the event that Council does not elect to be the Successor Agency it must notify the Butte County Auditor-Controller’s Office (“Auditor”) by January 13, 2012, which the Auditor has the responsibility of finding a Successor Agency. The first taxing agency that submits a resolution to the Auditor electing to be the Successor Agency would become the Successor Agency. In the event no taxing agency elects to serve as the Successor Agency, then the Governor will appoint members of the public to serve as it.
On January 9, 2012, staff recommended to the Council that it is the best interest of the City that it become the Successor Agency. The resolution attached proactively confirms the City’s intention to serve as the Successor Agency to the Oroville Redevelopment Agency. The Successor Agency will ultimately serve at the pleasure of an “oversight board” that will need to be created pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 34179. The oversight board is responsible for overseeing the liquidation of Agency assets and payments that alleviate Agency debt obligations on the Enforcement Obligation Payment Schedule, otherwise known as EOPS.
ACTIONS TAKE TO DATE SINCE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DECEMBER 2011
- March 20, 2012, Oroville Successor Agency Commission Meeting
- January 30, 2012, Joint City Council / Redevelopment Commission Meeting
- January 09, 2012, Joint City Council / Redevelopment Commission Meeting
MARCH 20, 2012, SUCCESSOR AGENCY MEETING
Pursuant to the requirements of Health and Safety Code Sections 34161-34167 (AB 1X 26), please find attached the amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule adopted at Oroville Successor Agency meeting.
JANUARY 30, 2012, SUCCESSOR AGENCY MEETING
Pursuant to the requirements of Health and Safety Code Sections 34161-34167 (AB 1X 26), please find attached the amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule adopted at Joint City Council / Redevelopment Agency Commission meeting.
AUGUST 26, 2011, JOINT CITY COUNCIL / REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING
Pursuant to the requirements of Health and Safety Code Sections 34161-34167 (AB 1X 26), please find attached the amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule adopted at Joint City Council / Redevelopment Agency Commission meeting. Please click on the following link.
Former Redevelopment Agency Information
Redevelopment Agency Documents and Programs
- US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant - Downtown Redevelopment Program- September 6, 2011
- Map of the Oroville Redevelopment Boundary
- 2014 Five Year Implementation Plan
- Housing Department
The Oroville Redevelopment Agency was established by an Ordinance on July 6, 1981. Its main purpose was to improve the environment of the City and creating better urban living conditions through the removal of blight.
Authorized and organized under the provisions of the California Community Redevelopment Law, the Agency is an entity legally separate from the City of Oroville, but existing solely to perform certain functions exclusively for and by authorization of the City of Oroville. The Agency operates in its redevelopment project area. The Agency also provides local funding for the development of affordable housing throughout the City.
Redevelopment is a process specifically designed to help local governments in revitalizing their communities. It encourages new development, jobs, and generates tax revenues in declining urban areas by developing partnerships between public and private entities. Authorized by the State of California, the Oroville Redevelopment Agency acts as the City’s real estate developer in an effort to spur economic growth. By using its unique powers to focus public investment in the City’s blighted areas, the Agency helps attract and guide private investment to improve living and working conditions and increase revenues to the City of Oroville by enlarging its tax base.
The California Health and Safety Code provides the basis for redevelopment activities (Starting at Section 33000, also known as the Community Redevelopment Law or CRL). Section 33037 of the CRL states that the basic goal of redevelopment is the removal of blight. Two conditions of blight must be met before redevelopment powers can be used, and they are physical blight and economic blight.
Examples of physical blight Include:
- High vacancy rates in existing commercial space;
- Inability to develop vacant lots or irregularly shaped lots;
- Unsafe building conditions;
- Aging, deteriorating, and poorly-maintained buildings, sometimes interspersed with well maintained buildings;
- Poor structure quality, such as susceptibility to flooding and earthquakes, that requires significant improvements to buildings in order to safely occupy them;
- Inadequate infrastructure to support development (i.e. utilities, storm drainage, sewers, street lighting, confusing and inefficient street systems).
Examples of Economic Blight:
- High business vacancy, low leases and high turnover rates;
- Depreciated or stagnant property values and other evidence of disinvestments;
- Hazardous waste and other negative environmental conditions;
- High incidences of criminal activity, sometimes equated with an over concentration of bars, liquor stores or adult stores, and high unemployment;
- Lack of neighborhood business to serve the community, such as banks, pharmacies or grocery stores and;
- Residential overcrowding.
In order to determine whether an area is suitable for redevelopment the Redevelopment Agency must address whether or not these two conditions of blight are met. The Agency presents these findings in a “redevelopment plan” for the proposed area that is then presented to the Oroville City Council. The Council has the authority to pass legislation permitting the use of redevelopment in a given area.
How it Works
Once the legislation has been passed, the Redevelopment Agency works with the community to formalize how the community will grow and helps to build the economic partnerships that will make it work.
A Redevelopment Agency has seven main tools to assist in carrying out development within a community:
- Receive and spend tax increment revenue;
- Help improve public infrastructure and facilities;
- Prepare sites for development;
- Acquire property, resell property it has assembled, and/or participate in the redevelopment of property;
- Encourage private development;
- Regulate land use; and
- Preserve, rehabilitate and produce affordable housing for low-and moderate-income families.
The unique power of being able to use tax increment revenue allows redevelopment agencies to invest money into a community to encourage private business to do the same. An agency collects this increase in revenue, or tax increment, from property taxes on the land they are redeveloping to repay the debt incurred in the project, and to reinvest these dollars in redevelopment activities within the project area. Before the Agency begins work on a project, the Butte County Assessor’s Office designates the current assessed property tax value in what is called the “base year.” Any increase in revenue above that amount becomes the tax increment.
Once the project is completed, it begins to generate enough revenue to pay its own way and contribute to other areas of community improvement. When a redevelopment project ends, the property taxes from the increase in property values return back into the city’s general fund. This money, no longer needed to help improve infrastructure can now be used to improve the schools, roads, libraries, and increase public safety service to the community all while stopping the spread of deterioration and blight.