2018 Legislative Positions
The Florida Redevelopment Association takes great pride in representing Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) throughout Florida. CRAs bring economic vitality and jobs to our communities. Our members support thriving urban centers; improve infrastructure; recruit and retain businesses; promote growth and development in our urban areas; and facilitate public-private partnerships. Redevelopment is a sound investment by cities, counties and the private sector, and leads to long term economic development and job creation.
Community Redevelopment Agencies
Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes, which contains mechanisms for cities and counties to negotiate, establish, operate and fund Community Redevelopment Agencies. These entities focus on revitalizing blighted and deteriorating areas of our communities with the investment of future local revenues, known as Tax Increment Financing.
Legislation aimed at limiting, dismantling or reducing funding for the 220 CRAs in blighted communities throughout Florida. We specifically oppose efforts by some counties to push only the CRA restrictions contained in the 2015 Florida Auditor General Report.
Growth and Development:
The FRA supports legislation that promotes quality urban development and redevelopment within our cities, especially new statutory and regulatory incentives for projects that involve infill development, job creation and economic development.
The FRA supports adoption of a statewide energy policy that provides statutory incentives for renewable energy projects and programs that create jobs, redevelop existing buildings and infrastructure, attract and retain existing businesses, and bring new industries to Florida.
The FRA supports funding and local flexibility to ensure the continued success of Florida’s brown field programs, a valuable redevelopment tool. We also support the valuable partnership between state and local partners in the mitigation of brownfields.
The FRA supports legislation supporting intra-urban and inter-urban multimodal transportation systems, such as: mass transit, passenger rail, pedestrian, bicycle, complete streets, and safe mobility. We also support locating rail stations and intermodal centers in or adjacent to urban centers, and lessening and/or mitigating the negative effects of freight rail traffic.
The FRA supports dedicating revenues collected by the State Housing Trust Fund to affordable housing. The FRA also supports programs and initiatives aimed at neighborhood stabilization.
The FRA supports incentives and policies that promote business growth and expansion, and which result in the creation of new jobs and capital investment.
For further information, contact Carol Westmoreland, Executive Director of the Florida Redevelopment Association, at (850) 701-3608, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.redevelopment.net.