Urban Renewal Agency
The City of Veneta Urban Renewal Plan was developed in the early 1980's and amended in 1998 and 2007 to further encourage infill, rehabilitation and redevelopment consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Regulations adopted by the Veneta City Council. The Renewal Plan is intended to guide the development of infrastructure necessary for the orderly and proper improvement and redevelopment of the Urban Renewal District. Through implementation of the Plan and Next Step Strategies, economic development will be stimulated by the elimination of blighting conditions, provision of supporting public facilities, and general improvements in the overall appearance, condition, and function of the downtown in its entirety. The City of Veneta Urban Renewal Plan meets the requirements of Chapter 457 of the Oregon Revised Statutes. The Plan also complies with other federal, state and local laws pertaining to urban renewal plans.
Downtown Master Plan (PDF)
Market Readiness Report (PDF)
Urban Renewal Plan (PDF)
The Urban Renewal Agency is required under ORS 457 to prepare an annual report separate from the audited Financial Statements and Report. A summarized version of the report is published each year as required. The full reports, by fiscal year, can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link below:
FY 2011-12 URA Annual ORS457 Report (PDF)
FY 2010-11 URA Annual ORS457 Report (PDF)
City of Veneta Receives $1.5 Million Community Development Block Grant
The City of Veneta is pleased to announce the award of a $1.5 million Community Block Grant (CDBG) to construct the Fern Ridge Service Center.
The CDBG award in addition to awards from The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, and many other private donors and local fundraising, the Fern Ridge Service Center Partners are ready to begin the next stage of development for the new Fern Ridge Service Center (FRSC).
The City currently owns two lots, upon which the Fern Ridge Service Center will be built. Public infrastructure improvements as part of the downtown redevelopment were completed in January 2011. All public improvements adjacent to the proposed center were funded by City’s Urban Renewal Agency. Constructing the new FRSC will more than triple the current space.
For more information, please contact Ric Ingham, City Administrator, City of Veneta at 541-935-2191 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fern Ridge Service Center Construction Project
The City currently owns two lots, upon which the Fern Ridge Service Center will be built. Public infrastructure improvements as part of the downtown redevelopment were completed in January 2011. All public improvements adjacent to the proposed center were funded by City’s Urban Renewal Agency. Constructing the new FRSC will more than triple the current space, making food services more easily accessible, and allowing for a full service Senior Center that will provide an expanded meal service to 5 days per week. This expanded service will also provide important socialization opportunities for seniors to improve their quality of life.
FRSCP representatives believe that "expanded visibility, parking, and other features more attractive to clients will increase utilization of the space. Additionally, it will address safety concerns with improved building access, parking and loading docks, and address privacy concerns by offering a waiting room and private spaces. The site is more centrally located to the post office, medical offices, the transit center, and to future downtown shops. In the long term, there is the possibility of the nearby construction of affordable housing for the population served by the FRSC.
The project will address the physical capacity needs for food services by providing a commercial kitchen, larger dining hall and adequate cold and pantry storage, allowing for expanded meal service. The new FRSC will allocate more than 1,500 square feet of space to the Love Project, providing space for efficient and private food box pick-up. The Love Project, Senior Meals, Meals on Wheels and Senior Connections programs will also have offices and intake space, contributing to their own long-term capacity and their ability to provide food services and other senior related activities.
The new facility will be both energy-smart and cost effective, supporting the environment and long-term sustainability, for example: Efficient refrigeration and freezer facilities will replace many individual refrigerators and freezers that are not energy efficient and a commercial kitchen with energy efficient appliances will be in operation. The building will have many windows to encourage the use of more natural light--windows that likely will have the ability to work with the HVAC system to open automatically, reducing the overall use of the system, in turn reducing electric consumption.
The community places a high value on the essential resources the current facility provides and has augmented its operation with countless volunteer hours. Building the new facility has been a rallying point across Veneta and among the small rural communities surrounding it. The dollars raised locally truly exemplifies the support of the Fern Ridge Service Center and the collective will to move forward to its completion.
The submitted application is available by clicking the link below and more information about the project and fundraising efforts are available at www.fernridgesc.blogspot.com.
Fern Ridge Service Center CDBG Application (PDF)
A public Open House was held April 23, 2012 at Veneta City Hall.
The architect's presentation of the final design of the NEW Fern Ridge Service Center was shown to the public. Please contact Kay Bork, Associate Planner at 541-935-2191 or email@example.com with any questions about the project.