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Community Redevelopment Area: CRAs and Waterfront Communities. University of Florida College of Law Conservation Clinic. What is a CRA?.
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The CZMA provides:
(a) There is a national interest in the effective management, beneficial use, protection, and development of the coastal zone.
(c) . . . .increasing and competing demands upon the lands and waters of our coastal zone occasioned by population growth and economic development, [have resulted in] the loss of living marine resources, wildlife, nutrient rich areas, permanent and adverse changes to ecological systems, decreasing open space for public use, and shoreline erosion.
16 U.S.C. §1451 (emphasis added)
Congress recognized that “important ecological, cultural, historic, and esthetic values in the coastal zone which are essential to the well-being of all citizens are being irretrievably damaged or lost.”
16 U.S.C. 1451 § 302(e) (emphasis added)
a coastal and tourist area that is deteriorating and economically
distressed due to outdated building density patterns, inadequate
transportation and parking facilities, faulty lot layout or inadequate
street layout, or a combination thereof which the governing body
designates as appropriate for community redevelopment
Community Redevelopment District
Restoration. Development and Protection of the beach area
surrounding the Indian River Lagoon, including
1. Research Necessity for a CRA
2. Notify the Public and Taxing Authorities of Intent
3. Present Finding of Necessity at a Public Meeting
4. Legislative Body adopts a Resolution to create a CRA and an overseeing Community Redevelopment Agency
5. Legislative Body creates an Ordinance detailing duties of the Agency and creates a RedevelopmentPlan
6. Establish a Trust Fund to finance the CRA
Local Government must survey the proposed
redevelopment area to prepare a document (Finding
of Necessity) that confirms the required conditions
exist to qualify for a CRA:
- Presence of substandard or inadequate structures
- Inadequate parking
- Insufficient roadways
- Shortage of affordable housing
Research Necessity for a CRA
Requirements may be less stringent because of
statutory support for coastal revitalization:
A coastal resort or tourist area that is deteriorating and
Economically distressed due to outdatedbuilding
densitypatterns, inadequatetransportation and
parkingfacilities, faultylotlayout or inadequate
Street layout could [through CRAs] be revitalized and
redeveloped to improve the economic and social
conditions of the community.
FL Stat.§163.335 Findings and declarations of necessity
Requirement of County Approval
Establish a Trust Fund to finance the CRA
Redevelopment Trust Funds
Redevelopment Trust Funds can be expended for specific redevelopment purposes in the CRA districts for things like:
Funding the CRA
of tax increment within the
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