The West City CRA was established in 2024 after assessing conditions within the neighborhood. Now, the City of St. Augustine wants your help in developing the first Community Redevelopment Plan based on how you’d like to enhance your community. Below, you will find several ways to share your ideas!

ATTEND THE UPCOMING PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Join us on May 1, 2024 at the XXXXXXXXX We want to hear from you! The West City CRA is a community-driven project aimed to reinvest local dollars back into the West City district. We want to know what efforts the community wants the City to prioritize
Do you plan to attend the upcoming Open House?

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

Pursuant to Florida Law (Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes), local governments are able to designate community redevelopment areas under certain conditions to address the unique needs of a targeted area. To document that the required conditions exist, the local government must survey the proposed community redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity. If the Finding of Necessity determines that the required conditions exist, the local government may create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to provide the resources needed to foster and support redevelopment of the targeted area.

The activities and programs offered within a community redevelopment area are administered by the St. Augustine Community Redevelopment Agency. A CRA “Board of Commissioners”, created by the local government (city or county), directs the agency. Although one local government may establish multiple CRA districts, there generally may be only one CRA Board.

A CRA is a dependent special district in which any future increases in property values are set aside to support economic development projects within that district. A Community Redevelopment Agency may use a unique tool available to cities and counties for redevelopment activities, called “Tax Increment Financing” or a “TIF”. A TIF may be used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in the targeted area. The tax increment revenues can be used immediately, saved for a particular project, or can be bonded to maximize the funds available. Any funds received from a tax increment financing area must be used for specific redevelopment purposes within the targeted area, and not for general government purposes.

The Community Redevelopment Agency is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plan that addresses the unique needs of the targeted area. The plan includes the overall goals for redevelopment in the area, as well as identifying the types of projects planned for the area.