Urban Renewal Agency (URA)

To apply to serve on the Urban Systems Advisory Committee please complete an application and return it to the City Clerk's Office via email clerk@cityoflaramie.org or in-person at 406 Ivinson Ave. 

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Urban Renewal Agency (URA)

Enrolled Ordinance No. 1818 adopted on 12-20-22 created the City of Laramie Urban Renewal Agency (URA).

Bylaws - Resolution 2022-70 established bylaws for the Urban Renewal Agency (URA).  

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

Button Agendas, minutes, and recordings cropped Opens in new windowMinutes are available following approval.

Applications

Tax Increment Financing Pre-Application - First step in order to determine eligibility for TIF assistance.

Meetings

The regular meetings of the Urban Renewal Agency occur on the fourth Thursday of August at 5:30 pm each year in accordance with Resolution 2023-01

ARTICLE V - MEETINGS OF COMMISSIONERS 

5.1 Regular Meetings. 

Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least annually at such place within the City of Laramie and at such hour as may be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board, in compliance with open meetings requirements in W.S. § 16-4-404. The notice of the regular meeting shall be given to each Commissioner not less than four (4) days prior to the scheduled time of the meeting by one of the following methods: verbal, electronic or written notice of the meeting to each member of the governing body and to each newspaper of general circulation, radio or television station requesting the notice per W.S. § 16-4-404. 

5.2 Special Meetings. 

Special meetings of the Board shall be held when called by written notice signed by the Chair or Secretary of the Agency, or by any two (2) Commissioners. The notice shall specify the time and place of the meeting and the nature of any special business to be considered. The notice of the special meeting shall be given to each Commissioner not less than four (4) days prior to the scheduled time of the meeting by one of the following methods:. By giving verbal, electronic, or written notice of the meeting to each member of the governing body and to each newspaper of general circulation, radio or television station requesting the notice per w.s. § 16-4-404,' 

5.3 Emergency Meetings. 

An emergency meeting of the Board may be called by the Chair or by any two directors, if there are matters of serious immediate concern to take tempora1y action without notice. Reasonable effort shall be made to provide public notice. All actions must be reconsidered at an open meeting within forty-eight (48) hours in accordance with W.S. § 16-4- 404. 

More information in the bylaws in Article V. 

Members

There shall be five (5) commissioners on the board.  Members must reside within the area of operation of the agency and demonstrate knowledge of community planning, urban renewal, and business management. Original appointments for memberships will be as follows: one for a term of one year; one for a term of two years; one for a term of three years; one for a term of four years; and one for a term of five years. Thereafter each appointment shall be for a term of five years. 

  • Davona Douglass 
    Term: October 31, 2024
    Reso 2023-49
  • Lisa Rich 
    Term: October 31, 2027
    Reso 2023-49
  • John Freeman
    Term: October 31, 2025
    Reso 2023-49
  • Abe Lentner 
    Term: October 31, 2028
    Reso 2023-49
  • Fred Schmechel
    Term: October 31, 2026
    Reso 2023-49

Board Responsibilities

The board has been created pursuant to Wyo. Stat. Section 15-9-101. 

15-9-105. Workable program; formulation; objectives and provisions thereof. 

(a) For the purposes of this chapter a municipality may formulate for itself a workable program for utilizing appropriate private and public resources to: 

(i) Eliminate and prevent the development or spread of slums and urban blight; 
(ii) Encourage needed urban rehabilitation; 
(iii) Provide for the redevelopment of slum and blighted areas; or 
(iv) Undertake any of those activities or other feasible municipal activities as may be suitably employed to achieve the objectives of a workable program. 

(b) A workable program may include provisions for the: 

(i) Prevention of the spread of blight through diligent enforcement of housing, zoning and occupancy controls and standards; 
(ii) Rehabilitation or conservation of slum and blighted areas or portions thereof by: 

(A) Replanning; 
(B) Removing congestion; 
(C) Providing parks, playgrounds and other public improvements; 
(D) Encouraging voluntary rehabilitation; and 
(E) Compelling the repair and rehabilitation of deteriorated or deteriorating structures. 

(iii) Clearance and redevelopment of slum and blighted areas or portions thereof. 

Staff Liaison

Todd Feezer, tfeezer@cityoflaramie.org and Derek Teini, dteini@cityoflaramie.org

Council Liaison

Councilor Summerville

URA Flyer (final, less wordy)