Frequently Asked Questions
Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) is the redevelopment and urban renewal agency for Boise, Idaho, founded by the City of Boise in 1965 as the Boise Redevelopment Agency (B.R.A.). Today, CCDC is a public redevelopment agency serving as a catalyst for quality private development through urban design, economic development and infrastructure investment with a goal of “igniting diverse economic growth, building vibrant urban centers, and promoting healthy community design…” CCDC’s nine-member Board of Commissioners directs the activities of the agency. The commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Boise City Council. They serve five-year terms and are not compensated for their service. The agency employs a staff of fifteen people.
CCDC is responsible for preparing master plans and managing redevelopment activities within four designated urban renewal districts. Redevelopment activities include both public and private projects. Public projects are used to leverage private development in the plan area. Public projects have included parking garage construction and operation, transportation and street improvements, brick sidewalks and public plaza construction, street tree planting, construction of public buildings, partnerships with private developers and funding public art.
Economic Development – Cultivate commerce and grow resilient, diversified, and prosperous local economies.
Infrastructure – Improve public infrastructure to attract new investment and encourage best use of property.
Mobility – Expand mobility choices that include parking and multiple transit modes to enable universally accessible urban districts.
Place Making – Develop public spaces and energized environments where a blend of culture and concentrated mix of uses create a valued sense of place.
Special Projects – Invest in projects that respond to emerging revitalization opportunities including public amenities, historic preservation, and support of local arts and culture.
CCDC currently has responsibility for the redevelopment of four urban renewal districts in downtown Boise generally bounded by State St., the Boise River, Broadway Ave. and Whitewater Park Blvd (formally known as 30th Street).
Urban renewal districts are formed in areas that are often in need of additional infrastructure for support of schools, police, housing, roads, utilities, etc. CCDC has improved streets and sidewalks, moved canals and other utilities, placed power lines underground, installed traffic signals, funded fire trucks, planted trees and more.
See CCDC’s completed projects
CCDC’s activities are currently funded through a combination of tax increment financing (TIF), parking system revenue and outside grants.
Tax increment financing (called “revenue allocation” in Idaho Code) is a tool used in 49 states that pays for public improvements by capturing the increase in property tax value resulting from those improvements. At the time an urban renewal district is formed, the county assessor establishes the current value for each property in that district. This value is the “base” value. Over time, as redevelopment plans are realized and public and private investments in new development occurs in the district the property values tend to rise. The increase in value over the base is called the “increment” value. The taxes generated by this incremental value are used by the agency to pay for public improvements and other revitalization activities in that district. When the district closes (now up to 20 years) the increment value is added back to the base value on the tax rolls. This helps diversify and strengthen the economic bases of both the city and the county.
TIF resource library of the Council of Development Finance Agencies; National Association of Realtors’ comprehensive report on TIF. In Idaho, there is a guide produced by the Association of Idaho Cities called “Urban Renewal 101.”
No, in a properly formed district* the taxing districts of local government (schools, emergency services, etc.) receive all revenue to which they are entitled under state law and applicable budget and levy limits.
*a district where economic disinvestment is evident and revitalization is essential
No, tax rates are not directly affected by district boundaries. Property tax obligations are based on whatever government taxing districts the property is located within. So, a property in a renewal district that is in the same taxing districts as a property outside of a renewal district is levied at the same rate. The only difference is that the increment within a renewal district is directed to the revitalization efforts in that district. Property owners within a district do have two line items on their tax bill, for the base and the increment, but the total amount charged to an individual taxpayer is the same whether the property is inside or outside an urban renewal district.
No, property taxes are not increased when an urban renewal district is formed. Assuming the redevelopment activities result in growth that would not have occurred otherwise, CCDC’s activities help raise property values within Boise’s renewal districts at a faster rate than Boise as a whole (18% growth over the past 10 years). This translates into a more valuable property for the owner and in turn, more tax revenue in the district. The tax levy rate may rise slightly (perhaps insignificantly) for all property owners in a county to accommodate the TIF mechanism of the districts within the county, but the amount is returned as a benefit at the end of the districts’ life.
CCDC owns 6 Public Parking Garages, so credit or debit card charges for parking in those parking garages are billed from CCDC.
-Sidewalk tripping hazards, pavement (ACHD)
-Building graffiti (adjacent property owner)
-Overflowing Dumpster (business owner)
-Removal of animal waste (business owner)
-Tree maintenance, replacement (property owner; more info)
-Street benches (CCDC)
-Broken tree grates (property owner)
-Sidewalk litter (DBA)
-Damaged mailbox (USPS)
-Broken street lights (City of Boise)
-Damaged traffic box/signal or missing street sign (ACHD)
-Broken bollard, bricks (CCDC)
-Flower planters (DBA)
-Trash in street (ACHD)
-Overflowing trash cans (DBA)
-Broken parking meter (City of Boise)
-Snow on sidewalk (property owner/DBA)
-Damaged bus shelter (VRT)
-Hazardous sign (prop. owner)
-Alleyways (property owner/ACHD)
DBA (Downtown Business Association) 472-5250
CCDC (Capital City Development Corp.) 384-4264
ACHD (Ada County Highway District) 387-6100
VRT (Valley Regional Transit) 336-1019
Boise City Parking 384-3770
Boise City Police (Community Policing) 332-3940
Boise City Public Works 384-3900