Incentives

Downtown Small Business Attraction Utility Rate

The Attraction Rate provides a 25% discount to water and electric bills for up to three years. Businesses must have at least two full-time employees, one or more dedicated meters, be a small business as defined by the SBA and meet certain usage parameters. Other utility incentive rates may be available for larger consumers.

Patio Encroachment

Mesa supports a vibrant and active downtown. Encroachments are reviewed at no cost to businesses in the downtown area and are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Downtown Patio Guide

Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET)

The downtown is located within an established Central Business District (CBD) and Redevelopment Area (RDA). Provided the development meets certain conditions and approval of a development agreement with the City, the City may grant a GPLET with an 8-year tax abatement. This incentive exchanges the regular tax rate with what is often a much lower excise tax.

Expedited building/construction plan review

Mesa offers expedited and super expedited plan review for 100% or 200% of the permit cost, respectively. No-cost expedited plan review can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Long-term structured parking leases

The City of Mesa owns numerous surface and structured parking lots in downtown with long-term leases options.

Self-certification of building/construction plans

The Self-Certification Program eliminates plan review by allowing a registered professional to take responsibility for and certify a project's compliance with building code, standards and ordinances. Self-Certification reduces permit issuance to within five working days of application.

Designated Downtown Project Manager

Large development or redevelopment projects may be assigned a dedicated downtown project manager at no cost to help navigate the project through municipal level processes, permits and agreements.

Sign Program (unfunded)

The Downtown Sign Program covers 100% of the cost for new signage through a grant partnership with the SRPMIC Tribal Gaming Grant. The sign program funded 14 signs in 2020. The City intends to reapply for funding as it becomes available. 

Façade Program (unfunded)

The Downtown Façade Improvement Program rehabilitated eight downtown facades in 2019. This award-winning program leveraged grant funding and a small contribution from the property owners to fund design and construction of historic facades along Historic Main Street.
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