The mission of the Office of Economic Development is to enhance Mesa’s economy and create quality jobs. In our business attraction efforts, we must often compete with other states and even other communities within Arizona.  In order to be successful, Mesa must be positioned as a business-friendly community known for being effective and efficient. 

What is a Redevelopment Area? A Redevelopment Area is an area of the City designated by City Council to be in need of revitalization.  The City of Mesa has four existing Redevelopment Areas - the Town Center RDA (1999), the Southwest RDA (2016), the East RDA (2017) and the West RDA (2017).

Why are we doing this? Development interest is increasing in the proposed area and it is imperative we build upon this momentum. Designating the area, a Redevelopment Area will help reduce blight and spur development and adaptive re-use of vacant or underutilized structures. 

What is the criteria for designating a redevelopment area?  "Blighted Area" means an area where a predominance of the properties experience any of the following:

  • Dominance of defective or inadequate street layout
  • Faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy, accessibility or usefulness
  • Unsanitary or unsafe conditions
  • Deterioration of site or other improvements
  • Diversity of ownership (by block)
  • Tax or special assessment delinquency
  • Defective or unusual conditions of title
  • Improper or obsolete subdivision platting
  • Existence of conditions that endanger life or property by fire and other causes

What are the benefits?  Establishing a Redevelopment Area is a necessary step for adding economic tools like the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET).

Additionally, a Redevelopment Area makes available certain federal funds to be used to enhance neighborhoods and business districts. Activities may include renovation to buildings, new construction, and neighborhood amenities.

Property Owners.  The City of Mesa does NOT record a property's inclusion in a RDA.

The RDA must exhibit a predominance of blighted conditions.  This designation is NOT intended as a reflection of specific properties in the Area.


  • Parcel Survey / Data Gathering
  • Public Outreach
  • City Council makes formal designation
  • Begin Crafting Redevelopment Plan
  • Public Outreach
  • Planning & Zoning Board Review
  • City Council adopts Redevelopment Plan

Learn More about Mesa's Redevelopment Areas:
Town Center Redevelopment Area
Southwest Redevelopment Area
West Redevelopment Area
East Redevelopment Area

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