What is a CRA?

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public entity that finances redevelopment within focused, geographic areas created under Florida Statutes, Chapter 163.340 (8)(A).  Brooksville was able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions existed. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. To be eligible to create a CRA, conditions that can support the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area include but are not limited to the presence of substandard or inadequate structures, a shortage of affordable housing, inadequate infrastructure, insufficient roadways, and inadequate parking. To document that the required conditions exist, Brooksville conducted a survey of the proposed redevelopment area and prepared a Finding of Necessity. The Finding of Necessity determined that the required conditions existed, and Brooksville could create a Community Redevelopment Agency to provide the tools needed to support redevelopment of the targeted area.

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1. What is a CRA?
2. What is the purpose of a CRA?
3. How is a CRA funded?
4. When were the Brooksville CRA areas created?
5. How do I know where the CRA Areas are located?
6. What is a Community Redevelopment Plan?
7. Who makes the decision on approving grants?
8. Who is the CRA Board?
9. When does the CRA meet?