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Winter Garden Community Redevelopment Agency


City of Winter Garden
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: 407.656.4111

Staff

Tanja Gerhartz, Economic Development Director
tgerhartz@wintergarden-fl.gov
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 2308

 

Purpose

The mission of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is to improve the commercial and residential viability and livability of the commercial district an neighborhoods within the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) area. This is accomplished by implementing projects and activities which empower business owners and residents to enhance and improve the CRA by encouraging and implementing activities that promote sustainable economic growth.

 

Description


The Winter Garden Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public agency that was created by the City Commission in June of 1992 in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Statutes. The CRA is charged with undertaking redevelopment functions in the specified community redevelopment district. A map of the CRA area can be found here.

 

 


CRA Members


The Agency is made up of a board, an advisory board, and city staff. The Board, which consists of the Mayor, City Commission and an Orange County Commission appointed member, is the decision making body. A seventh member may be appointed by the City Commission. The Advisory Board is a nine member and one Orange County representative made up of city and CRA residents and business owners appointed by the City Commission. City staff works with the CRA Board and Advisory Board to carry out the CRA Plan and manages the tax increment fund (TIF).

Current CRA Board Members


CRA Board

The CRA Board is authorized to exercise all the powers conferred by Part III, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes and as described in the delegation of authority ordinance listed below. The CRA Board convenes as needed during regularly scheduled City Commission meetings. The City Commission has appointed Larry Cappleman as the 7th member to the board.

Agendas are posted here


Community Redevelopment Advisory Board


The Community Redevelopment Advisory Board shall have all duties and responsibilities as may be formally delegated by the Community Redevelopment Agency, but shall, at a minimum, be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the community redevelopment plan through its recommendations to the community redevelopment agency.

Current CRA Advisory Board Members

The CRA Advisory Board meets 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:00pm, City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room


CRA Funding

The Winter Garden CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Tax increment funds are derived from ad valorem property taxes. The CRA is not a taxing authority nor does it set millage rates or assess property. Tax increment funds come through existing taxing entities including the City of Winter Garden and Orange County. The method of determining the amount of funding the CRA receives each fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) is described below.

When the CRA was created in 1992 the assessed value of the area was set as the base year tax base. Thereafter, the taxes from additional increases in property values are dedicated to the redevelopment agency. In each subsequent year, the Orange County Property Appraiser determines the taxable value of the area. The difference between the taxable value of the base year and the current year is calculated. This is referred to as the "increment". The increment is multiplied by the millage rate of each contributing taxing entity. Specifically, the City of Winter Garden and Orange County. The taxing entity remits 95 percent of increment to the CRA Trust Fund.

Tax rates are established each September. The current millage rate is $4.25

Award-Winning Farmers Market
Award-Winning Farmers Market

Budget

CRA Budgets and Audit Reports

Code of Ethics

Board members are governed by the Code of Ethics set forth in chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes

Establishing Documents

Findings of Necessity and CRA Plan

Delegation of Authority
Establishing Redevelopment Trust Fund
CRA Map
CRA Agendas and Minutes


Plant Street Market
Plant Street Market


CRA Projects


CRA Programs

The City of Winter Garden offers the following Community Redevelopment Agency programs:

    Business Facade Matching Grant Program (CRA)
    Description
    The primary objective is to encourage revitalization and preservation of commercial buildings by offering financial and technical assistance for facade rehabilitation and improvements. This, in turn, improves the aesthetics of the entire CRA and encourages private investment that leads to increased property values. This program supports the CRA Plan as envisioned under 7.4 Economic Programs.

    Please click here for application and click here for map
    Microloan Program (CRA)
    Description
    The Micro-Loan Program is designed to provide small businesses located within the City of Winter Garden an additional borrowing option. The Program would fall under the SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BANKING PROGRAM umbrella, established through a $1million investment by the City, and administered by Seacoast Bank. $250K of the original investment was earmarked for the development of a micro-loan program for the exclusive use of qualifying companies located within the City of Winter Garden. Loans range from $5,000 to $25,000.

    Brownfields Program
    Description
    The Florida Brownfields Program (FBP) is used as a mechanism to voluntarily clean and redevelop brownfields sites and areas which by definition are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where expansion, reuse, or redevelopment may be complicated by real or perceived environmental issues. (376.79(3), FS)
    The City of Winter Garden adopted the Brownfields Program in 2008. The CRA Advisory Board also serves as the Brownfields Advisory Board.

    A map of the brownfields district may be found here.


Winter Garden Historic District

There is a historic district within the CRA area. There are architectural design standards that are applicable to all properties within the district. Please click here to learn more.

Helpful Links

Florida Statutes – Community Redevelopment

Florida Redevelopment Association

Downtown Winter Garden Merchants Association

Winter Garden Farmers Market

Winter Garden Farmers Market Facebook Page

Winter Garden Available Properties and Demographics

Florida Brownfields Association


Contact

Tanja Gerhartz
Economic Development Director
407.656.4111
ext. 2308
Email tgerhartz@cwgdn.com

300 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden Florida  34787
www.cwgdn.com