Community Redevelopment Agency
Welcome to Zephyrhills...The City of Pure Water!
Zephyrhills origins date back to the late 1800’s when the area was purchased from the Florida Railway and Navigation Corporation, referred to as “Abbott” and then “Abbott Station”. This name remained until 1910 when Captain Howard Jeffries of Pennsylvania purchased lands under the Zephyr Hills Colony Company in order to develop a “Colony” for Civil War Veterans. Since those early days, Zephyrhills has continued to grow and develop, embracing its residential neighborhoods and businesses. Since its inception, residents and visitors discovered the community’s pure water springs….that still flow today!
We hope you will find the website informative and inspires you to come for a visit and discover your future with us in downtown Zephyrhills, the City of Pure Water.
About the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
The CRA is a dependent special district in which any future increases in property values are set aside in a Trust Fund to support economic development and redevelopment projects within the designated district.
Under Florida Statute Chapter 163, Part III, local governments have the ability to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. To document the required conditions, the local governments must survey the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity. If the Finding of Necessity determines the required conditions of slum and blight exist, the local government may create a Community Redevelopment Agency to provide the tools needed to foster and support positive redevelopment of the targeted area. The Community Redevelopment Agency is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plan or Master 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.
Tax Increment Financing or TIF is a unique tool available to cities and counties for redevelopment activities as provided in the Master Plan. It is used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in the CRA. The dollar value of all real property in the Community Redevelopment Area is determined as of a fixed date, also known as the “frozen value”. Taxing Authorities continue to receive property tax revenues based on the frozen value. These frozen value revenues are available for general government purposes. Any tax revenues from increases in real property value within the CRA are deposited into the Community Redevelopment Agency Trust Fund and dedicated to specific redevelopment projects and plans within the Redevelopment Area and are not for general government purposes. The tax increment revenues can be used immediately, saved for a particular project, or can be bonded to maximize the funds available.
CRA Boards do not establish policy for the city or county, they develop and administer a Master Plan to implement that policy. The CRA acts officially as a body distinct and separate from the governing body, even when it is the same group of people. The CRA has certain powers the city or county by itself may not do, such as establish tax increment financing, and leverage local public funds with private dollars to make redevelopment happen. The CRA term is limited to 30 years, 40 years if extended, after that time all tax revenues are retained by each taxing entity that contributed to the CRA Trust Fund.
2016 Master Redevelopment Plan
The 2016 Masterplan expands the District to include the historic residential neighborhoods along with residential surrounding the downtown core to compliment the commercial areas. The 2016 Masterplan was developed through a proactive public process, on-site field inspection and investigations. The plan embraces Zephyrhills’ rich history and key branding components with tools for successful redevelopment. The adoption of the Masterplan has provided the framework and vision for the CRA.
The Zephyrhills CRA Redevelopment District is approximately 501 acres. The boundary of the Zephyrhills CRA redevelopment district is indicated on the map provided.
Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency Governing Body
Although it functions within the City of Zephyrhills, the Zephyrhills CRA is a separate and distinct legal entity. The Zephyrhills City Council also serves as the appointed board governing the Zephyrhills CRA.
The Community Redevelopment Agency meets the 4th Monday of each month (unless otherwise posted) at 5:00 p.m. in the Zephyrhills Public Library Meeting Room, 5347 8th Street, Zephyrhills, Florida 33542. Please check the CRA calendar for specific meeting dates.