What is a CRA?
A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent district established by a municipality or county government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blighting conditions, improving the economic health, safety, and welfare of the community, and encouraging public and private investments to the designated area. When creating a CRA, local government must first survey the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a “Finding of Necessity,” which constitutes a serious and growing menace to the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of its citizen, as described in Chapter 163 Part III, of the Florida Statutes. Once, the Finding of Necessity has been established and approved by the local governing body, a Community Redevelopment Plan can then be instituted to carry out the redevelopment of the define area, in accordance with Chapter 163 Part III, of the Florida Statutes.
In November 1980, the Board of County Commissioners (Board) enacted Ordinance No. 80-110 which created the Broward County Community Redevelopment Agency. On May 21, 1981, the Board enacted Ordinance No. 81-35, which amended Ordinance No. 80-110, and the Board declared itself to be the Broward County Community Redevelopment Agency. On June 23, 1981 the Board passed a Resolution which designated the Central County area appropriate for community redevelopment projects.
The Broward County Commission on August 12, 1986 adopted Resolution 86-2965 which approved the Central County Community Redevelopment Plan. On August 23, 2005, the Central County Community Redevelopment Plan was modified to redefine the boundaries of the Central County area and reflect new programs, policies and strategies for redevelopment and economic redevelopment for the Central County area. On October 23, 2012, the Board adopted Resolution No. 2012-687, which approved a modification of the Central County Community Redevelopment area to reflect a smaller Central County area due to annexation, and provided for implementation of the County’s redevelopment initiatives.