The Sonoma County Community Redevelopment Agency, along with all other 400 redevelopment agencies in California, was dissolved on February 1, 2012 by the action of the State Legislature as confirmed by a decision of the California Supreme Court.
What was Redevelopment?
Redevelopment agencies (RDAs) were regional government bodies dedicated to urban renewal. RDAs operated through tax increment financing and provided a consistent source of funding for affordable housing and revitalization of under-served or blighted regions known as redevelopment areas. Sonoma County has three former redevelopment areas: the Lower Russian River, Sonoma Springs, and Roseland.
What is a Successor Agency?
To facilitate the winding down of redevelopment agencies, the State of California required that successor agencies to the redevelopment agencies be assigned to manage redevelopment projects underway when dissolution happened, make payments on outstanding debts, and dispose of the former redevelopment agency's non-housing assets.
Each successor agency has a seven-member Oversight Board comprised of representatives of local agencies that serve in the former redevelopment project areas. The Oversight Board is responsible for overseeing the wind-down of former redevelopment agency's business and ensure that the funding for redevelopment area projects is carried through in those regions through "enforceable obligations."