Urban Renewal

The purpose of urban renewal is to improve specific areas of a city that are poorly developed or underdeveloped. In the Oregon Revised Statute 457, these are called "blighted areas." These areas may have one or more of the following issues:

  • old or deteriorated buildings,
  • public spaces that need improvements,
  • streets and utilities in poor condition,
  • a complete lack of streets and utilities altogether
  • other obstacles to development

The Grants Pass City Council adopted the Urban Renewal Plan on July 20, 2016. At that time, an Urban Renewal Area was defined, and an Urban Renewal Agency established. The Plan continues until the Urban Renewal Agency decides the projects are complete, or after 30 years.

Urban Renewal Agency

The Urban Renewal Agency is responsible for the administration of the Urban Renewal Plan. The board is the Grants Pass City Council. 

For a complete list of anticipated urban renewal projects, go to the Urban Renewal Projects page.


Tax increment financing is used to fund the urban renewal projects. For more information about funding, read the Urban Renewal FAQs for a brief overview. Go to the Tax Increment Funding page for more information.

Urban Renewal Area

The maps below show the entire Urban Renewal Area and more detailed views of the zones within the area.

Downtown and Surrounding Area