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The Casselberry Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established in December 1995 by Ordinance 95-851 by the City Commission.  In 1995 the City of Casselberry adopted a Finding of Necessity Study (FON), in accordance with §163.355, Florida Statutes, declaring the existence of slum and/or blight as defined by §163.340, 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 §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, 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 No. 95-R-255.  The City adopted Ordinance 95-851 in December of 1995 which created the CRA.

 

The 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 CRA was recently extended by the Seminole County Commission for an additional and final eight (8) years and will sunset on December 11, 2025. Direction has been given by the Casselberry City Commission to focus on three (3) immediate goals of constructing a parking structure adjacent to City Hall and Lake Concord Park, to purchase additional lands to expand Lake Concord Park and to assemble land in the CRA district in an effort to promote redevelopment. The CRA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. A copy of the CRA budget can be viewed by clicking the link to the left.


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 guidelines 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 (3) acres or greater in property area must be approved by the City Commission.  For more information regarding the guidelines, please contact Bob Cantu at (407) 262-7700; ext. 1160.  



CRA Map                       CRA Future Land Use Map                       CRA Zoning Map




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