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New Law Could Open Sacramento Redevelopment Areas For More Development

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

The City of Sacramento has commissioned a study to see if  a new state law could open the way to pay for infill, housing, or transit-related projects. 

A law that took effect this January allows a city or county to create an "enhanced infrastructure finance district."

Denise Malvetti is with the Sacramento Economic Development Department. She says the new law allows for development on the site of a redevelopment project, provided the first project is paid off.

"You would look at areas that have a high potential for growth, areas that don't have existing or high amounts of redevelopment debt, areas that don't have a high need for city services."

Before this year, a city or county could not create a finance district in an area that had already received redevelopment money.

A new enhanced district will have a lower bond passage requirement, 55 percent compared to the 66 percent for a typical finance district.

A study of possible projects using the new type of district could be completed within six months.

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Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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