Urban Renewal Authority

Durango Development Opportunities Forum

The Durango Renewal Partnership, in partnership with Downtown Colorado Inc. and La Plata Economic Development Alliance, hosted the Durango Development Opportunities Forum on April 7. The Forum included presentations on exciting development opportunities in Durango and how to partner with local organizations. View a recording of the forum here.

Please fill out a questionnaire regarding development in Durango here.

MidTown Redevelopment Area

The Durango Renewal Partnership Board is exploring opportunities for redevelopment in the MidTown Area. This area holds many important and underutilized assets that contribute to Durango's quality of life. The Durango Renewal Partnership is seeking guidance from residents on the future of MidTown, including:

  • How to formulate a vision for this unique Durango neighborhood
  • Create more housing in close proximity to downtown
  • Opportunities to guide the future of the 9-R Building and Buckley Park
  • Pedestrian and transit improvements 
  • Support investment in locally owned businesses

Click here to see a map of the MidTown area (PDF)

How to Participate

Please take the MidTown Walking Tour to check out opportunities for redevelopment and consider the future of this area.

MidTown Plan Adopted by City Council

City Council adopted the MidTown Plan at their regular meeting on March 16, 2021. View the plan here - please be patient while this large document downloads.

Partnering with the Community to Build Economic Resiliency   

Durango is changing and facing new challenges. The City and other community partners are working to ensure that we retain the things that make Durango a quality place to live, work, and play. Pursuing new economic opportunities for the community while preserving Durango’s unique character and high quality of life requires a pro-active approach to development and redevelopment. Urban renewal authorities (URAs) are local redevelopment organizations that promote public-private partnerships to shape economic growth. On May 5, 2020, City Council unanimously passed resolution 2020-10 to establish an urban renewal authority in Durango. The Durango URA, known as the Durango Renewal Partnership, works hand-in-hand with local government and community partners to help facilitate redevelopment and reinvestment that reflects our community values and achieves our economic goals.

City officials and community leaders in La Plata County have put together a detailed organizational framework for the Durango Renewal Partnership with an overarching plan for guiding reinvestment and redevelopment. Please view the Durango Renewal Partnership Formation Plan and Supporting Documents (PDF).  The report includes: (1) an overview of Urban Renewal Authorities with FAQs; (2) an initial vision, mission statement, and priorities for the organization; (3) a list of potential activities that the URA could undertake; (4) letters and resolutions of support from partner agencies and community organizations; and (5) drafts of all of the required legal documents to establish the Durango Renewal Partnership.

To learn more about the Durango Renewal Partnership, please contact:

Alex Rugoff, Business Development Coordinator
(970) 375-4855


The goal of an Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is to serve as a redevelopment catalyst in key commercial and mixed-use areas in order to:

  1. Strengthen the economic base by attracting capital investment in to Durango and to assist in the expansion and retention of existing businesses; 
  2. Eliminate and prevent conditions of blight which are economic and social liability to Durango;
  3. Create a stable tax base;
  4. Facilitate the development of desirable mixed-use projects; and
  5. Prevent physical and economic deterioration.

Urban Renewal Authorities (URAs) are created by municipalities to redevelop areas that are found to contain blight and slum conditions and require a public participation to attract redevelopment.  The main advantage of using a URA versus other entities to achieve these goals is URA’s offer the best package of tools and the greatest geographic flexibility to encourage investment in various location around the City.

Establishment of URA (per CO State Statute)

Photo of process to establish an Urban Renewal Authority per Colorado State Statute

URA Tools


  • Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
  • Loan and Grant Programs
  • Owner Participation Agreements
  • Property Acquisition
  • Demolition, Clearance and Site Preparation
  • Property Management
  • Relocation Assistance and Payments
  • Public and Facilities Improvement

URA Financing Mechanisms

  • Appropriations from the City
  • Loans or advances from the City
  • Federal loans and grants
  • State Loans and Grant
  • Interest income
  • Agreements with public and private entities
  • Sale of securities and other assets
  • Property and sales tax increments (Tax incremental financing)
  • Loans and advances from other sources

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Tax increment funds are the difference between the property or sales tax collected in the established “baseline” year and the annual sales tax collected each year following. These funds can be used for project assistance in the Urban Renewal Plan Area. This is a powerful tool for gap financing on hindered redevelopment projects that would not be able to move forward without assistance.

Photo of Tax Increment Financing Graph for Urban Renewal Authority

TIF establishes a higher tax base that will ultimately be distributed to the municipality, county, and special districts – an amount that is significantly higher than if these properties were not redeveloped. TIF also provides a sustainable funding mechanism for facilitating desirable redevelopment projects.

Contact Staff to Get Involved:

Alex Rugoff, Business Development Coordinator
(970) 375-4855
Office: 1235 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301