What does an urban renewal plan look like?

An Urban Renewal Plan is an application submitted by a municipality through its urban renewal agency (like the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority) to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) requesting its approval of a redevelopment project. The Urban Renewal Plan must include the following information as specified under Massachusetts Regulations 760 CMR 12.00:

  • Maps of the project area;
  • Data demonstrating that the area meets the eligibility criteria as a substandard, decadent or blighted open area;
  • Project objectives including specifications of all proposed redevelopment and detailed job creation and retention estimates;
  • A financial plan including cost estimates and a project budget;
  • Local approvals;
  • Site preparations including land protections and measures to address environmental or flood problems;
  • Public improvements including how the improvements will help achieve the objectives of the plan;
  • A relocation plan;
  • Redeveloper’s obligations (restrictions that are or will be placed on owners of individual parcels);
  • Disposition for each parcel including any known redeveloper;
  • A report on citizen participation describing meaningful citizen participation in the planning process and expected citizen participation during project execution.

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1. Why are we concentrating our redevelopment efforts in South Hadley Falls?
2. Do we have a vision and a strategy for redeveloping South Hadley Falls
3. Did you take public input into consideration when you chose the actions in the plan?
4. What part of South Hadley Falls is the main focus of the redevelopment effort?
5. What is a Redevelopment Authority?
6. What does an urban renewal plan look like?
7. What does South Hadley’s redevelopment plan do to improve the infrastructure in the target redevelopment area of South Hadley Falls?
8. How does this plan attempt to attract developers to South Hadley Falls?
9. Why would a parcel acquisition by the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority be necessary?
10. Can the plan be amended?
11. How come not all vacant or blighted buildings/lots are included in the plan?
12. How will the plan be funded?
13. If I have a property in the South Hadley Falls Plan area, will it restrict what I can do with it?
14. When will the actions in the plan take place?
15. How can I keep up with the implementation of the plan?
16. Is the Urban Renewal Plan the same as a Master Plan?
17. What will the plan do for me?
18. What won’t the plan do for me?
19. Is the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority acquiring my property as a part of this plan?