Community Redevelopment Area (CRA)
What is a CRA?
Redevelopment - Its the "revitalization" of a public area. AND, the "preservation" of a community's history. Its about building cohesiveness within "our community."
Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) refers to a public entity created by a city or county to implement the community redevelopment activities outlined under the Community Redevelopment Act which was enacted in 1969 (Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes). The CRA is established by the local government and functions within that local government. The City Commision sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency and makes all final decisions on actions or expenditures within the CRA (area).
A CRA is:
- Any activity authorized under Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes.
- It revolves around a publicly customized plan, funded by the increase in assessed values over time, called increment.
- Anything spent outside the plan or area
- Eminent domain for redevelopment purposes
- General government line items
- Grants or donations to non-profits or events that have nothing to do with the redevelopment plan
- Salaries for city staff that do not work directly on CRA activities
- Maintenance normally done by the City
- Comprehensive planning, zoning or land use
Based upon public comments offered at the previous City Commission meeting, concerns related to downtown parking need to be addressed as the initial phase of any waterfront/downtown development. Please follow the links below for a review of previous parking efforts. A committee led by Chief Hurley and including Fleet/Facilities Director Jeremiah Glisson, Streets Director Rex Lester, Stormwater Director Andre Desilet, and Senior Planner Kelly Gibson (at the sole discretion of the Committee, additional participants may be invited) will be asked to provide an update to the referenced documents and offer recommendations related to downtown parking to the City Commission at the City Commission’s Regular Meeting on August 1, 2017
2002 Parking Study
2009 Parking Study
2010 Paid Parking Workshop
2014 Parking Study
Parking Podcast (transcript)
Amelia River Waterfront CRA
-City Commission is the “CRA Agency”
- CRA Area totals 39.5 acres
59 Total Properties
*14 Publicly owned = 19.7 Acres
*45 Private ownership = 19.8 Acres In 2005, City established the Amelia River Waterfront Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The purpose of the CRA is to identify objectives and strategies for addressing the conditions of blight in a manner appropriate to the community. A Finding of Necessity (FON) was accepted by the City in 2004 citing the following conditions were present in the area:
Inadequate street layout, parking facilities
- The railroad divides the waterfront district from the Centre Street area, limiting access to the waterfront.
- Lack of pedestrian facilities along Front Street.
- Parking facilities at the south end of Front Street are unpaved.
- Economically obsolete industrial buildings adjacent to Front Street.
- Industrial debris and deteriorating pier structures.
- Sense of safety for pedestrians arriving from cruise ships due to lack of pedestrian facilities along Front Street.
- Illegal dumping in vacant lots.
- Deterioration of structures on industrial, commercial, and public properties.
- Lack of buffers between industrial and residential uses.
- Lack of usability by pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Traffic flow for industrial uses.
- Act as a catalyst for change by creating functional and aesthetic improvements to spark redevelopment
- Take a leadership role in efforts --> “visual evidence” that the City believes in itself
- Generate activity and renewed interest --> expand recreational opportunities + improve pedestrian access
Waterfront Park Information
Quick History of the City's Waterfront Park Planning Efforts
2012 Approved Concept Plan Information:
2014 Proposed Plan Revisions:
Plan Presentation File 1
Plan Presentation File 2
Plan Presentation File 3
Memo to CRA Advisory Board + Waterfront Advisory Group (January 2014)
2012 Lots + B
Proposed Lots A + B
City Staff Memo to City Commissioners (February 2014)
CRA Advisory Board
In 2012, the Commission appointed an advisory board to research, investigate, and consider options that would support accomplishment of the CRA plan and its goals. The advisory board consists of 7 member that fall into one of the following categories and 1 non-voting City Commissioner:
- 3 – Legal Professional or Financial Professional or Marketing/Advertising/Branding Professional or Economic Development Professional or General Contractor or Developer or Project Manager or Real Estate Professional or Architect or Engineer or Landscape Professional or Former City Commissioner
- 2 – City Residents or Property Owners or Business Owners
- 1 – Business Owner or Property Owner (or their agent) within the Amelia River Waterfront CRA
- 1 – Resident of the Amelia River Waterfront CRA or within one-mile radius
Documents and Resources
Legal Documents Required for the establishment of a CRA include:
- CRA Design Guidelines (2007)
- Waterfront Florida Partnership: Vision (2006) and Waterfront Implementation Plan (2007)
- Vision 2020 (1999)
- Waterfront Advisory Group- Conceptual Park Plan & Presentation (2012)
- Front Street Property Geotechnical Report (2012)
- Front Street Title Opinion (2009)
- Historic Fernandina Business Association Meeting Presentations April 2013
- CRA Agency Quarterly Meeting_December 2012
- CRA Agency Meeting February 2012
- CRA Boundary Changes between 2004-2005
Florida Redevlopment Association (FRA) Resources, Publications & Training Materials:
- 2011 CRA Board Member Training
- Project Financing for Economic Development
- Incentives and Grants Presentation October 2011
- Trust for Public Lands Article on Parks and Redevelopment
- Corridor Redevelopment