What is a Conditions Survey (Blight Study) and why do one?
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a mechanism used by communities to fund eligible improvements within a designated area. TIF dollars can only be used within an urban renewal (redevelopment) area. An area may be designated as an urban renewal (or redevelopment) area after the following:

1. Independent blight study or conditions survey has been prepared and presented first, to the municipalities urban redevelopment authority or board, and second, to their Council;
2. Market analysis has been completed in order to determine the potential for future uses within the urban renewal area, and their potential timing;
3. Urban renewal plan document and supporting financing plan (impact analysis) have been prepared;
4. Stakeholder have been contacted and invited to comment on future uses and required improvements within the area;
5. Council accepts the findings of the conditions survey and adopts (by resolution) the urban renewal plan.

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1. What is an Urban Renewal Authority?
2. What is the purpose of an Urban Renewal Authority for Avon?
3. What is an Urban Renewal Plan?
4. What is the Main Street Redevelopment Project?
5. What is a Conditions Survey (Blight Study) and why do one?
6. What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?
7. Can TIF always be used to finance a project?
8. If an area is described as “blighted” what does that mean?
9. What is the legal definition of a blighted area?
10. Why would I, a property/business owner, want to be included in an urban renewal area?
11. Does being in an urban renewal area affect my property values?
12. Does being in an urban renewal area mean my property will be condemned?
13. Who decides what the final urban renewal plan will look like?
14. If my property is in an urban renewal area, what flexibility do I have to improve it?
15. What is the process for establishing an urban renewal area and advancing and urban renewal plan?