Community Redevelopment Agency
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) seeks to create an identifiable downtown for Casselberry that will provide a focal point of community identification, unity, pride and to stimulate economic vitality within the central City District. The Community Redevelopment Agency provides Florida cities with the ability to designate community redevelopment areas per Chapter 189 of the Florida Statutes. Through special funding tools, such as tax increment financing and grants, the CRA is able to complete special projects that include the development of recreation, open space, and streetscape improvements.
The City of Casselberry Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established by the City Commission in December 1995 via Ordinance 95-851. In 1995 the City of Casselberry adopted a Finding of Necessity Study, in accordance with Section 163.355, Florida Statutes, declaring the existence of slum and/or blight, as defined by Section 163.340 of the Florida Statutes, within the corporate limits of the City and a need to create a Community Redevelopment Agency. As Casselberry is located within Seminole County, a county which has adopted a home rule charter, the powers to carry out redevelopment under Section 163, Part III, Florida Statutes (including the power to create a community redevelopment agency) is vested in the County. Therefore, upon the acceptance of the Finding of Necessity Study, the City requested a delegation of the powers under the statutes from the County to the City. In November 1995, the Board of County Commissioners delegated said authority with conditions including a 15 year limitation on the term of the Casselberry Community Redevelopment Agency by adopting Resolution Number 95-R-255. The City subsequently adopted Ordinance 95-851 in December of 1995 which created the CRA.
In 1998, County Resolution Number 98-R-181 was adopted, which amended the delegation of authority and permitted the County to contribute increment revenue. The Resolution also delegated authority to the City to allow the Casselberry CRA to collect increment revenues from the County. This action occurred upon the creation of the multi-jurisdictional U.S. Highway 17-92 CRA.
In 2002, the County passed Resolution Number 2002-R-33, which included an extension of the term of existence for the CRA from 15 years to 20 years and also amended the delegation of authority.
In 2014, the City requested to extend the CRA another 10 years, to 2025. However, the County indicated they would consider a two year extension, to 2017. As a result, on April 27, 2015, the City provided Resolution 15-2718 requesting a two-year extension to December 11, 2017. Seminole County approved the City’s request for the extension on June 23, 2015 via Resolution 2015-R-106.
In 2016, the City again made a request to the County asking for an extension of the CRA for another 8 years, or to 2025. The County agreed, adopting Resolution 2016-R-184 on November 15, 2016 granting the request to extend the CRA to 2025.
The CRA will sunset on December 11, 2025. Direction has been given by the Casselberry City Commission to focus on the following goals:
- Construct a parking structure adjacent to City Hall and Lake Concord Park
- Purchase additional lands to expand Lake Concord Park
- Assemble land in the CRA district in an effort to promote redevelopment.
Community Redevelopment Agency Board Members
- Email David Henson, Chairman Opens in New Window
- Email Bill Hufford, Vice-Chairman
- Email Anthony Aramendia Opens in New Window
- Email Mark Busch Opens in New Window
- Email Andrew Meadows Opens in New Window
What is Tax Increment Financing?
Tax increment financing provides most of the funding for the CRA. This special funding tool provides all increases in taxes within the CRA beyond the year the CRA was established into a redevelopment fund. The year the CRA was established is the "base year." Any increase in taxes beyond the base year are provided to the redevelopment fund. Therefore, as the property taxes increase due to redevelopment projects, the redevelopment fund also increases. Tax increment financing is not an additional tax to the property owner.
What else does the CRA entail?
The CRA has design standards for new development and rehabilitation. These guidelines regulate façade treatments, infrastructure, landscaping, and site design. All building improvements and site plans must be reviewed by the Community Development Department and all projects three acres or greater in property area must be approved by the City Commission. Opens in New Window
- Map of Geographic Boundaries and Total Acreage of the CRA
- 2018 to 2019 CRA Annual Report Opens in New Window
- 2019 to 2020 CRA Budget
The CRA’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
2020 Community Redevelopment Agency Meetings
- Monday, January 27, 2020
- Monday, February 24, 2020
- Monday, March 23, 2020
- Monday, April 27, 2020
- Monday, May 11, 2020
- Monday, June 22, 2020
- Monday, July 27, 2020
- Monday, August 24, 2020
- Monday, September 28, 2020
- Monday, October 26, 2020
- Monday, November 16, 2020
- Monday, December 14, 2020
All Meetings/Events are Subject to Change and/or Cancellation.
In accordance with Section 189.069 of the Florida Statutes, additional information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Financial Services’ website.