Urban Renewal

ORS 457.035
Urban renewal agencies

  • creation
  • ordinance to exercise powers
  • area of operation


In each municipality, as defined in ORS 457.010 (Definitions), there hereby is created a public body corporate and politic to be known as the “urban renewal agency” of the municipality. However, the urban renewal agency shall not exercise its powers until or unless the governing body of the municipality, by nonemergency ordinance, declares that blighted areas exist in the municipality and that there is need for an urban renewal agency to function in the municipality and elects to have the powers of an urban renewal agency exercised in any of the three ways provided in ORS 457.045 (Election of method of exercise of urban renewal agency’s powers).


An urban renewal agency, upon activation under subsection (1) of this section, shall have authority to exercise its powers within the same area of operation given a housing authority of the municipality under ORS 456.060 (Definition of “area of operation”). [Formerly 457.130]

See also annotations under ORS 457.130 in permanent edition.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

City council designating itself urban renewal agency, (1974) Vol 36, p 1005; financial activities excluded from Local Budget Law, (1977) Vol 38, p 1062

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Notes of Decisions

Provisions of this chapter creating urban renewal agencies, and provisions of Housing Authorities Law, ORS 456.055 to 456.235, are parallel statutory schemes, and thus identical provisions in the two acts will be given same effect. Housing Authority of Lane County v. Board of Commissioners, 35 Or App 785, 582 P2d 844 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of urban renewal agency in selection of projects and delineation of project boundaries, (1977) Vol 38, p 1062


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