The San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJRA) is a public, government organization created in 1956 by the City of San Jose to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in the City by creating jobs, developing affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods, and building public facilities.
Governed by the San Jose City Council who serve as the Redevelopment Agency Board, the Redevelopment Agency partners with business and the community to revitalize the economy in San Jose. The SJRA is of the largest tax increment producing redevelopment agencies in California and is active in 21 Project Areas throughout San Jose. Redevelopment Agency Project Areas represent approximately 16 percent of the City's area and provide approximately 33 percent of San Jose jobs. Through a balanced series of investments and initiatives, the Redevelopment Agency facilitates and oversees comprehensive programs for development to revitalize the City's Downtown, Neighborhoods, and Industrial areas.
Why is redevelopment important to California's future?
Redevelopment encourages new development, creates jobs and generates tax revenues in declining urbanized areas by developing partnerships between local government and the private sector. Redevelopment plans are locally created and adopted to respond to the community's needs and vision. Over 400 California cities and counties have adopted local redevelopment plans.
California continues to grow in both jobs and population. While this growth provides tremendous opportunities, it also provides many challenges including lack of housing, strains on our infrastructure, and drains on the economy and tax base. If not properly directed, this growth could sprawl outward into undeveloped areas while allowing urbanized areas to decline.
Redevelopment enables communities to build on what already exists. It enhances and expands local businesses, renovates declining housing stock and improves public infrastructure. It also encourages new housing development and attracts businesses to locate within already developed areas. It builds communities, helps reduce crime and long commutes, promotes affordable housing, and preserves the environment.
(Adapted from the California Redevelopment Association Community Guide to Redevelopment)
Directed by the Redevelopment Agency Board, the SJRA Executive Director oversees executive staff including one Assistant Executive Director, two Deputy Directors and redevelopment staff. The SJRA also has an internal general counsel managed by the City Attorney.
SJRA staff have expertise in development, planning, engineering, architecture, real estate, property management, finance, marketing, and public and governmental affairs.
San Jose Redevelopment Agency