California Cities Still Navigating Redevelopment Dissolution
To get a read on these efforts, The Planning Report spoke with Tim McOsker, a partner at Glaser Weil LLP who serves on a three-member governing board responsible for winding down Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
McOsker updates readers on Los Angeles' process following CRA dissolution in 2012 through today, commenting on the amount of tax dollars returned to local government and the city's relationship with the California Department of Finance. He also considers the future of tax-increment financing and other options for cities looking to promote economic development.
Here, McOsker explains the creation of long-range property management plans following the passage of AB 1484: "When the dissolution took effect, the LA CRA was holding about 400 parcels of property, which amounts to approximately 100 different projects—because some projects have multiple parcels. The first version of the dissolution law was interpreted to require entities like ours to wind down affairs and sell all of the properties as quickly as possible. Statewide, that would entail a lot of sales of former CRA lands all at once. Urban centers like Los Angeles saw the prospect of so many properties being up for sale at the same time—raising the specter of diminishing the values of properties and creating what some folks described as 'chaos.' Subsequently, AB 1484 slowed down the process and allowed each agency to put together a 'long range property management plan'... AB 1484 gave everybody an opportunity to plan for sales in a more orderly manner and over a longer period of time. It is very likely that the plans might protect the property values and not put urban-core areas with lots of parcels, like the City of Los Angeles, in limbo."