Exploring a Community-Led Development District

How can investments and development in the Cully neighborhood benefit current residents, rather than leading to gentrification and displacement?

What would Cully be like if the people who are vulnerable to displacement were in charge of how the neighborhood grows and changes?

That is what we are working to find out. Seven community-based organizations are exploring the creation of a Community-Led Development District that would make investments to ensure Cully is a place where Black, indigenous and tribal people, people of color, low income people, and others vulnerable to displacement will have stable, affordable homes and economic prosperity both now and for generations to come.

We are creating a proposal for a $100 million fund to prevent displacement and keep Cully affordable for current residents and future generations. Background information about this project, and a list of frequently asked questions, can be found here: About the Community-Led Development District


Project Updates:

March 2022: Final round of community engagement underway
The Exploration Leadership Committee (ELC) of the Cully TIF district project is carrying out a last round of community engagement meetings, in order to inform the final version of our proposed TIF District Plan. This consists of 8 separate meetings happening each month, over the course of four months (January-April 2022). Each month, focus group-style meetings are being held with Cully community members representing eight groups that are vulnerable to displacement:

  • Indigenous and tribal people
  • African-Americans
  • Latinx people
  • Small business owners and workers
  • Mobile home park residents
  • Low-income homeowners
  • Somali people
  • Houseless people

Each month’s meetings cover a different topic. Reports on the feedback received from community members each month are linked here:

  • Meeting #1 (Jan/Feb): Eligible Investments
  • Meeting #2 (Feb/March): Guiding Principles
  • Meeting #3 (March/April): Governance and Decision-Making
  • Meeting #4 (April/May): Resources needed to implement the TIF District

September 2021: Survey about initial sections of the TIF District Plan: Goals, Investments, District Map
The Exploration Leadership Committee (ELC) of the TIF district project has shared three components of the TIF District Plan, in draft form: Goals of the TIF District, Eligible Investments, and the District Map. These sections, drafted based on community engagement done earlier in 2021, were shared with community members at an online workshop on September 9, 2021. To review these three components of the Plan and share your feedback, please take a brief survey:

The ELC will draw upon your input as we continue to refine and revise the District Plan. Our proposed District Plan will be presented to the Cully community before it is finalized and submitted to City Council in 2022.

July 2021: Preliminary Report published
Our coalition has published a preliminary report on the creation of a community-led TIF district in Cully. This report is based on research into the experiences of other communities and the feedback received from hundreds of surveys, over a dozen focus groups, and a series of three online meetings with Cully community members in the first half of 2021. The input of individuals who represent groups vulnerable to displacement was prioritized throughout the process of community engagement and drafting the report. These groups include: Black people, Indigenous and tribal people, people of color, renters, mobile home residents, low-income people, and small businesses owners and workers.

The directors of Prosper Portland and the Portland Housing Bureau wrote a letter of support for our Preliminary Report. Our coalition will is now working closely with these two City of Portland bureaus to draft a formal TIF District Plan for the Cully neighborhood. We look forward to further community engagement over the coming months as portions of this plan are crafted.

*Please note the preliminary report is NOT the final TIF plan, but it serves as a foundational document that will guide the development of the final TIF District Plan



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