Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA)

BURA Area Photos

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Welcome to the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal District

The revitalization of central Beaverton is a core priority of the city and residents of Beaverton. Portions of central Beaverton continues to languish, with unattractive streetscapes, an absence of new investment, and a deficiency of pedestrian-friendly amenities and businesses. Much of this area lacks a sense of place — characterized by qualities that attract new shops and restaurants that in turn attract customers and new residents creating a cycle of economic vitality.
To capitalize on the opportunities within central Beaverton and to meet the community’s desire to create a revitalized, vibrant downtown core, the Beaverton Urban Renewal Plan (Plan) was developed in 2010 and approved by voters in 2011. The Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) is the agency responsible for administering and monitoring urban redevelopment and renewal activities within the City of Beaverton.
Beaverton Urban Renewal Agency Meeting
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:30 p.m., City Hall
Council Chambers 

Urban Renewal Advisory Committee Meeting 
Monday, March 5, 2018
7 p.m.,  City Hall
Council Chambers

Urban renewal and tax increment financing (TIFs) are public financing tools that provide local governments with the flexibility necessary to respond to new challenges and opportunities that arise locally; BURA employs these tools to spur targeted investments in particular, blighted areas in order to create value through the development of public-and-private-funded improvement projects.

The agency completed the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Plan, which proposes to accomplish the following goals and objectives: 
  • Create an active downtown
  • Address traffic congestion
  • Address response times for public safety
  • And provide incentives for redevelopment, business investment, and jobs.

About Urban Renewal

Share of BURA Tax Increment by Project Type

Approved by voters in 2011, BURA has allocated tax increment finance expenditure to five categories of projects:

Pie chart of BURA tax increment by project type year to date.
Pie chart of BURA tax increment by project type 30 years.
Graphic of BURA pie chart legend for tax increment percentages.

Share of BURA Tax Increment by Project Type

Share of BURA Tax Increment by Project Type, Percentages Year to Date and 30 Years
Project Type Percentage Year-to-Date Percentage 30 Years
Incentive Programs 14% 7%
Joint Investment Program 55% 33%
Community Identity Building 9% 4%
Transportation & Infrastructure 16% 48%
Debt Service and Oversight 6% 8%