The Department of Development is a combination of the Community and Economic Development Departments. The Department provides a range of programs and services designed to strengthen our community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities. We work with other City Department, the County, and community-based non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for our citizens.
The Department staff value their interactions with residents, businesses, and institutions in order to promote the best ‘live, work, play’ environment for all people. Our goal is to make this community a place where residents and businesses alike can thrive through our program offerings – from home repair programs to investment incentives and development opportunities.
A CRA is an area within the City of Newark “in which real property tax abatement can be granted for any increased property valuation that would result from improvements to the property in the form of new construction or remodeling of existing structures by the property owner.” If you own real property in a CRA, you can remodel structures on that property or build new structures. For existing one- and two-family dwellings, the minimum remodeling is $2500. These improvements are exempt from property taxes for ten years. For existing dwellings of more than two units and existing commercial and industrial structures, the minimum remodeling is $5000. These improvements are exempt for twelve years. New construction is exempt for fifteen years.
If you have recently made improvements to your property and would like to apply for a tax abatement please use the information below to complete your application:
The City of Newark is an entitlement community; therefore the Department of Development receives CDBG funds every year. The CDBG grant dollars fund some of the Department staff in addition to many community and economic development programs.
The Department prepares a 5-Year Consolidated Plan that outlines the goals of how to spend the CDBG funding. Then each year, the Department prepares a 1-Year Action Plan for specific expenditures that must follow the goals of the 5-Year Plan. Some of these expenditures go toward activities that are carried out by the City (e.g. infrastructure projects, development incentives, and housing rehabilitation programs), while other funds go to entities that have applied for funding to support a specific program or initiative.
From diverse housing options, to quality public space, there are a number of variables that go into development and maintaining quality neighborhoods. Providing a range of housing options in safe and comfortable neighborhoods is critical to the overall success of the community, from a workforce and economic development perspective, to socialization and community pride. In simple terms, neighborhoods are the back bone of a community and foundation for how a city operates now and for generations to come.
A neighborhood revitalization program is a targeted strategy that aligns and promotes both financial and human capital to improve the economic, social, and physical elements of a neighborhood. This can work to elevate the quality of Newark’s core neighborhoods. Key goals of a traditional neighborhood revitalization program are to:
Below is list of community programs that may be able to assist City of Newark residents in meeting these key goals:
Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio Home Repair Program is available to assist low to mid-income level homeowners with repairs. Please contact them at (614)484-1966 for more information and eligibility guidelines.