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TIF Commission

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Roles and Duties

The City create a TIF Commission of 12 members. Six members are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Board of Aldermen. Two members are appointed by the affected school districts (Clayton School District and Special School District), three members are appointed by St. Louis County, and one member is appointed jointly by all other taxing districts. The members appointed by the Mayor serve a 4-year term (except those who are initially appointed, whose terms are staggered (i.e. 2 members for 2 years, 2 members for 3 years, and 2 members for 4 years). The members appointed by the school districts, the County and the other taxing districts serve until the TIF Commission makes its recommendation to the Board of Aldermen regarding adoption of the redevelopment plan and the redevelopment project.

The role of the TIF Commission is an advisory one. It has a function very similar to that of a planning and zoning commission. The TIF Act reserves final approval of the redevelopment plan and the redevelopment project to the Board of Aldermen. However, the TIF Act requires that the TIF Commission hold a public hearing regarding the redevelopment plan and redevelopment project that the City has under consideration. Thus, the TIF Commission is the body that initially receives input from the public, affected taxing districts, and property owners concerning the redevelopment plan and projects that are being contemplated for TIF designation by the City. The TIF Commission must, within 30 days following the public hearing, make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen whether or not to adopt the redevelopment plan or approve the redevelopment project. While the Board of Aldermen may choose to ignore the TIF Commission's recommendation, the TIF Act prohibits any significant changes in a redevelopment plan or project after the public hearing is held. Thus, if the Board of Aldermen were to require any significant changes in the redevelopment plan or project, the TIF Commission would have to reconsider the changes being requested.

The TIF Commission does not supplant the normal function of the planning and zoning commission. The planning and zoning commission is still the body responsible for the review and approval of site plan, traffic, parking, zoning, and all the requirements under the City's zoning and subdivision ordinances. The developer will be required to proceed through all of the City's standard review processes and obtain the necessary approvals. The TIF Commission's role is to review the project concept and issues associated with the proposed TIF redevelopment plan.

Once the redevelopment plan is adopted and any redevelopment projects provided for therein are approved by the Board of Aldermen, the role of the TIF Commission becomes dormant until another TIF redevelopment project is proposed in the City or changes in an existing redevelopment project or redevelopment area are proposed.

Board Information

12 members

Source of Authority
Ordinance 6104 adopted September 11, 2007

Meeting Information
Meets at the call of the Chairman.

Call 290-8467 for information.

Refer also to Clayton's Meeting Guidelines.

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