On February 22, at the CA County Property Tax Managers Association Meeting in Ontario, Libby joined fellow panelists Don Fraser, Marty Coren, and Lee Squire to present on Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedules (EOPS) and Recognized Obligation Payment Schedules (ROPS), Bond Payment Issues, and other Pass-Through Payment Issues affecting California Counties in the wake of Assembly Bill 26.

Their presentation is available here.

While 2011 saw the signing of two bills into law by Governor Jerry Brown, both affecting redevelopment agencies throughout California, affordable housing advocates and others in the development community scrambled to figure out what the future of public financing strategies would look like in post-redevelopment California.

A recent Urban Land Institute article focused on the challenges that the loss of redevelopment has brought to infill developers, particularly affordable housing developers.

"We are very concerned about the lack of affordable housing funds this will create,” says Cynthia Parker, president and chief executive officer of BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco. “We have about 30 projects that include redevelopment money, and last year we spent a fair amount of time getting commitments in place as part of the enforceable obligations of the agency. So we have plenty of work that will be started in the next two years. But beyond that, everything becomes quite murky.”

City visionaries and infill developers across California are searching for public financing solutions and strategies to encourage new development in urban areas. In the article, Libby speaks to the possibility of alternative funding sources, particularly infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), which would allow cities and counties to issue bonds to pay for public works projects and to then use property tax increment revenues to pay back the bonds.

“Most cities in California receive only a small share of property taxes that could be dedicated to bond repayment, after excluding property taxes from educational districts,” says Libby. “And right now, if 12 or more registered voters reside within the proposed district, approval from two-thirds of all voters in the district [is required].” 

A senate bill under consideration in early 2012 would extend the deadline for the redevelopment handover process from February 1 to April 15. “There are complicated issues to resolve related to bonds and contractual obligations, including obligations to employees and their unions,” Libby continues. “A number of agreements and projects are jeopardized. More legal guidance and time [are] needed to work out the implementation details.”

Urban Land is a publication of the Urban Land Institute. More information is available here.

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) presented a one day conference in Oakland, CA  for all its CPD and competitive grantees. Similar HUD conferences took place throughout the nation to seek innovations and collaborative solutions to the deployment of HUD programs.

Libby Seifel and Marie Munson presented "Spotlight on Redevelopment - AB1X 26 & 27: What You Need to Know". Check out the presentation here.


John Myers at KQED News and his take on the recent passage of the state budget and the issue of redevelopment...

As part of the RDA Infill Coalition, Seifel has helped prepare two letters in support of important legislation aimed at "mending" and not "ending" redevelopment in California.
The RDA Infill Coalition is a statewide group of diverse interests from the housing, environmental, transit oriented development, economic and sustainable development sectors in support of affordable housing and redevelopment agencies.
See the letter to Senator Lowenthal here
See the letter to Assemblymember Alejo here