CCDC Participation Program

The Participation Program is CCDC’s development assistance program and is designed to advance the aims of urban renewal and economic development in Downtown Boise, as well as goals identified for Downtown Boise as identified in the Boise City comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise. The Program is crafted to be transparent, understandable, and responsive in order to encourage private investment in Downtown Boise.

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Eligible Expenses

The Program can assist private and public development projects with improvements that benefit the public, which are located in the public right of way. These are called Eligible Expenses. All Eligible Expenses are paid by project owner/developer as expenses are incurred, and CCDC reimburses for Eligible Expenses after the project is complete.

Eligible Expenses generally include:

  • Sidewalks, street lights, and furnishings (benches, bike racks, trash receptacles, etc.)
  • Streets/road paving, curb and gutter
  • Street trees, irrigation, and suspended paving systems when required
  • Awnings located over public right-of-way that meet the criteria outlined in the Program Definitions (under Section 9. Walkability)
  • Main utility lines (power, water, geothermal water, sewer, phone, fiber)
  • Certain expenses for exterior façade restoration improvements for buildings deemed to be of significant historic and/or aesthetic value to the public and conditioned upon a perpetual building façade easement*  being accepted by the City of Boise Historic Preservation Commission Public plazas and/or parks that meet the criteria outlined in the Program Definitions (Under Section 5. Connectivity) and are approved by the Boise City Parks and Recreation Department and in a perpetual open space easement
  • Public art – when selected and approved by the City of Boise Arts and History Department as outlined in Program Definitions (Under Section 9.  Walkability)
  • Certain environmental remediation improvements as may be preparatory to construction are evaluated on a case by case basis. An example of an eligible environmental remediation cost would be the hard costs for the removal of an underground storage tank in the public right of way. Soft costs, such as environmental assessments and costs within a private building, such as asbestos abatement, are not eligible for general assistance.
  • Extended sidewalks areas/plazas that are approved by the Boise City Design Review and in a dedicated public easement area accepted by the City of Boise

The Participation Program is divided into 5 types:

Type 1: One Time Assistance

Objective: This program Type will provide resources of up to $200,000 for public improvements and is intended to assist smaller projects on their own schedule, often triggered by a tenant improvement. The funding is based on a dollar for dollar match with the private developer’s investment.

Eligible Expenses:  See Eligible Expenses

Timing: T1 applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year and are processed based on available resources set forth in the budget and Capital Improvement Plan. The applicant should submit before building permits have been obtained. T1 agreements will generally be considered for approval by the CCDC Board after approval of a design review or relevant development application that includes the proposed improvements. The project is typically seen by the CCDC Board twice. First, as an opportunity to introduce the project to the board and request project “designation” as eligible for CCDC funding. The second time is generally to approve the T1 Participation Agreement.

Reimbursement: T1 assistance is paid in one payment after project completion as a one-time reimbursement. The reimbursement for eligible expenses are defined in the Type 1 Agreement, and is based on actual costs as documented after project completion.

The reimbursement will not exceed $200,000 and will based upon a matching funds invested by the private developer.

Type 2: General Assistance

Objective: Type 2 (T2) participation provides general assistance for public improvements and is intended to assist larger projects and include a broader scope of Eligible Expenses. The Type 2 program is especially tuned to assist Affordable and Workforce/Mixed-Income Housing projects which are important to the long-term sustainability of downtown Boise. The Scorecard is a key feature of this assistance (pages 22-24). The legal parcel(s) constitutes the site for a project. However, at the Board’s discretion, a phased development may be scored independently if this better advances program goals. The scoring criteria and point values are an extension of the statutory charge of urban renewal and the associated adopted plans, and are aimed at advancing the Agency’s 5 key strategies.

Eligible Expenses: See Eligible Expenses

Timing: Type 2 assistance can be applied for at any time prior to obtaining building permits but preferably before or during project design in order to maximize a project’s score. T2 Participation Program Agreements will be considered for approval by the CCDC Board after approval of a development application that includes the proposed public improvements. It can be helpful to obtain a Scorecard and discuss the project design with CCDC prior to submitting drawings to the City.

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Reimbursement: T2 projects are paid upon completion of the project for a determined period of time AFTER actual tax increment generated by the project has been received by the Agency. The Reimbursement is paid using actual tax increment revenue generated by the Project and received by CCDC. Assistance is limited by the lesser of:

  • The agreed upon Eligible Expenses of the project or
  • A portion of the project’s tax increment value as determined by its Scorecard ranking for the qualified reimbursement term.

Actual Eligible Expenses must be verified and approved by CCDC and will include only reasonably incurred costs. All costs must be verified through invoice documentation and a schedule of values.

Reimbursement Term:

The Type 2 reimbursement typically begins 18-24 months after the Project is complete. At the time that the Full Assessed Value of the project has been added to the Primary Tax Roll by the Ada County Assessor and the tax assessments have been paid. For projects that are completed within the last four years of a District’s life, CCDC may consider utilizing the Occupancy Year, which reflects a pro-rated value, as the first year of increment available to the project for reimbursement. Reimbursement schedules for Affordable, Mixed-Income or Workforce Housing projects in districts with a term ending in six years or less are negotiable at CCDC’s discretion. Utilizing the Occupancy Year or a negotiated reimbursement schedule will be need based and only considered in cases where the Eligible Expenses would not otherwise be fully reimbursed in the remaining District term.

The following chart explains the levels of reimbursement based on project type and Scorecard Level. See definitions below to determine eligibility.

NOTE: In no circumstance can the reimbursement extend beyond the last fiscal year of the Urban Renewal District in which a project is located.


Project Type Qualification Reimbursement % Maximum Reimbursement Term
Level A Score: 140 + points 80% of Tax Increment 4 years
Level B Score: 120 – 139 pts 50% of Tax Increment 4 years
Level C Score: 119 and below 0% of Tax Increment n/a


NOTE: In no circumstance can the reimbursement extend beyond the last fiscal year of the Urban Renewal District in which a project is located.

Affordable and Mixed-Income/Workforce rental housing projects can qualify for extended terms and Affordable projects can receive 20% of increment reimbursement in addition to the reimbursement factor determined by the project Level. See definitions below to determine eligibility.

Project Type Qualification Reimbursement % Maximum Reimbursement Term
Affordable Housing (Low Income Housing Tax Credit project or equivalent) Serving 60% and below Area Median Income (AMI) on average Based on Scoring Level + 20% of Tax Increment 8 years
Mixed-Income/ Workforce Housing Serving 100% AMI and below Based on Scoring Level 6 years
All Other Housing Serving 101% AMI and above Based on Scoring Level 4 years


NOTE: In no circumstance can the reimbursement extend beyond the last fiscal year of the Urban Renewal District in which a project is located.

Type 2: Housing Incentive

Requirements for Housing Developments to qualify for additional Reimbursement Incentives:

1 – Must meet either of the below definitions:

  1. Affordable Housing Definition: A residential project that is funded with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association or equivalent. Project must serve households whose incomes are at or below 60% Area Median Income in Ada County by charging associated rents as defined by current U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Standards.
  2. Mixed-Income/Workforce Housing Definition: Residential projects with 10 or more dwelling units, in which not less than 10% of the units serve households whose incomes are at or below 100% Area Median Income in Ada County by charging associated rents as defined by current U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Standards. Income qualified units must be integrated throughout the development cohesively with the market rate units. No visible difference between the income-qualified and market rate units should be obvious from the exterior.

2- Must Income Qualify Residents

Income Qualification Requirements:

In order to obtain an increased reimbursement term, Project’s must income qualify tenants for the income restricted units. Income qualification must be verified at lease up and at unit turn-over though the City of Boise’s Housing and Community Development Division or equivalent Housing Authority (HUD, IHFA). The income qualification period will be negotiated on a project-by-project basis and will be, at a minimum, the CCDC reimbursement term.

Type 3: Transformative Assistance

Objective: The intent of the Type 3 (T3) assistance is to make available a more customized opportunity for transformative projects and to consider certain projects which don’t otherwise fit well into the other program types. T3 participation is available to assist large public or private projects that are deemed by the CCDC Board to be transformative in nature and of benefit to the community at large. In general, a transformative project is a higher value project that may include the construction of a significant public facility. The project should have a high likelihood of maintaining an enduring presence in the community. The goal for Intergovernmental/Public projects is to use limited district monies to leverage additional resources (federal, state, local, other) in the downtown revitalization effort. For example, matching a federal grant for construction of a project, or shared funding between intergovernmental units for construction of a public facility.

Criteria: The private to public investment ratio (private project cost divided by CCDC participation) for a transformative projects should generally be 6:1 or higher. For example a $60 million private project coupled with a $10 million public facility funded by CCDC would have a 6:1 private/public (CCDC) ratio).

Eligible Expenses: See Eligible Expenses. Soft costs may be included in intergovernmental, Public-Public projects.

Reimbursement: Private project reimbursement will be based on funding available and may follow the Type 2 protocol for scoring and reimbursement timing.

Type 4: Capital Improvement Project Coordination

Objective: Type 4 (T4) participation coordinates CCDC-initiated Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) activities with construction activities of private development and/or other public agencies. The CIP is part of CCDC’s strategic planning and budgeting process. Adjusting, co-timing and/or accelerating CIP projects in coordination with private development can be beneficial and can create efficiencies in the construction of physical improvements. Projects eligible for T4 participation are generally those identified in the adopted CCDC CIP that is in effect and available on the CCDC website. The Board retains all discretion in determining the projects, timing, design, and locations of capital improvements.

CCDC can design, bid and build a CIP project independently of the private project or intergovernmental project. CCDC can also, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable law, sub-contract construction with a private development on a public project element.

Eligible Expenses: Eligible costs are capped based on the project budget in the adopted CIP, and must align with CCDC’s project implementation plan and goals.

Timing: Many of the timing elements of Type 4 assistance are determined on a case by case basis.

Reimbursement: Private projects will be reimbursed upon completion of the project after CCDC has verified cost documentation and inspected and approved the construction of the improvements. CCDC can enter into intergovernmental agreements to cooperatively participate in joint capital improvement projects.

Type 5: Property Disposition (CCDC-owned property)

Objective: Type 5 (T5) participation is the disposition of property owned by CCDC for a redevelopment purpose. The property disposition process is governed by state statute and differentiates between disposition to a for-profit or private use, to a non-profit, and to a public or governmental body. This program meets or exceeds the statutory requirements in providing for competitive processes in property disposition (not required for disposition of land to public entities).

Process: CCDC’s property disposition process for private/non-profit development use will involve a competitive process, typically a Request for Proposals and/or Qualifications (RFQ/P) process for properties. The RFP will provide conditions and requirements of the development project as determined by CCDC (i.e. type of project, housing income guidelines, design elements including but not limited to those addressed in the Scorecard, etc.) and in collaboration with partner agencies such as the City of Boise, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority. Properties may be transferred to another public entity without an RFP and smaller remnant parcels may not warrant an RFP. This process may require a commercial appraisal, a re-use appraisal, and the proposed project will be in accordance with the applicable urban renewal plan and law. The details of each disposition may differ based on the unique characteristics of the property being disposed.

Eligible Expenses: A project may qualify for a reduction in land price up to an amount determined by a third party appraisal, which is based on the proposed project’s expenses and financial pro-forma. The disposition of any property for private or nonprofit development will be formalized in a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) which will require a determination of fair value for the proposed use, which may be stipulated or restricted, based on the property redevelopment objectives. A re-use appraisal or similar method suitable to the individual property redevelopment goals will be used to establish pricing and shall include the cost to construct necessary public improvements as part of the pricing. A commercial appraisal will also be done to establish a price for initial disposition of the property. Any private entity will be required to purchase the property from CCDC and pay that initial price. If any rebate of property value, as advised by the re- use appraisal is determined, it will only be made after project completion as a reimbursement.

Reimbursement: Based on the re-use appraisal CCDC Board can choose to reimburse for the land costs based on the project being built as proposed by the private company.

Gateway East Urban Renewal District

Gateway East Participation Program

The Gateway East Participation Program is organized and functions similarly to CCDC’s standard participation program, but is specially adapted to address the needs and circumstances of industrial development within the Gateway East District.

Participation Program Gateway