Proposed Community Redevelopment Agency Info

Village Council Requests Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

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Recently, the Village Council has made a legislative "Finding of Necessity" to create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which is a tool to promote economic development within targeted areas of the Village of Palm Springs. A CRA is a special district that undertakes programs and activities to revitalize an area and can be used to address blighted conditions, including substandard buildings, inadequate infrastructure and utilities, insufficient roadways, shortage of affordable housing, inadequate parking, high vacancy rates and abandoned properties and public safety (i.e., crime and code enforcement) concerns. Examples of successful CRAs in our local area are Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue and West Palm Beach's downtown district.

Community Redevelopment Agencies are granted authority through state statute to fund necessary infrastructure, utility and safety improvements as well as to provide incentives to promote economic development opportunities and improve the overall quality of life within the designated areas.

As a result, the Village has identified two (2) "sub-areas" (or districts) for the CRA:

  1. Congress Avenue , north of Forest Hill Boulevard
  2. CRA on Lake Worth Road , between Military Trail and E-4/Keller Canal

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CRAs are funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which simply stated, is the use of property taxes that are paid from within the target area that will be used for redevelopment and revitalization projects, activities and/or programs. The main idea is that investment (i.e., funding projects, activities and/or programs) within the area will stimulate property values that are expected to increase the amount of ad-valorem (property) taxes collected and then reinvested back into the district (and ultimately the Palm Springs community).

The proposed CRA would assist the Village (and Palm Beach County) in accomplishing five (5) key goals within the proposed districts/communities:

  1. Improving Utilities and Infrastructure Deficiencies
  2. Expanding Job Development and Economic Growth
  3. Enhancing Public Safety
  4. Increasing and Maintaining Workforce Housing
  5. Advancing the Partnership with Palm Beach County

Creation of a CRA must be approved by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. We are hopeful to go before the County Commission by the end of the year with the hope that they will commit to partnering with our community and placing an emphasis to promote economic redevelopment, creating jobs, reducing crime and code enforcement issues within Palm Springs and the central region of Palm Beach County.

We are in need of your assistance to ensure that the County is aware of this important issue and to need for them to support our request for a CRA. If you are interested in helping, please consider writing a letter to the County Mayor and the members of the Palm Beach County Commission (along with County Administrator) requesting their support to build up our community. The Village is collecting all letters of support to submit in an single package and we welcome your contribution.

The Finding of Necessity, TIF projections, proposed capital improvements and other details can be found below.


Lend Your Support to the Village's Efforts Tor Revitalize Two Proposed CRA Districts

The Village would appreciate residents helping to support the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to revitalize two targeted blighted areas through a coordinated letter-writing campaign.

We've created a few sample letters, listed below that can be used as templates to help in your letter writing preparation. Once your letter is complete you can either email it or send it to the Village which will compile them and forward the to the Palm Beach County Commission.

Sample Letter #1 

Sample Letter #2 

Sample Letter #3 

Sample Letter #4 

You can mail your letter to:
Kim Glas-Castro, AICP LEED AP
Planning, Zoning and Building Director
Village of Palm Springs
226 Cypress Lane
Palm Springs, FL 33461

Or send them by email to Kim Glas-Castro

Finding of Necessity Report Approval Resolution

Resolution No. 2017-43  - Approve Finding of Necessity Report - Two (2) Proposed CRA Districts

Congress Avenue

Finding of Necessity Report for Congress Avenue Sub-Area  - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Congress Avenue CRA Sub-district Map  - and Photos of Area

Lake Worth Road

Finding of Necessity Report for Lake Worth Road Sub-Area  - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Lake Worth Road CRA Sub-district Map  - and Photos of Area

Village of Palm Springs CRA Priorities

Village of Palm Springs CRA Priorities 

Revised Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Revenue Projections and Proposed Capital Improvements

Revised Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Revenue Projections and Proposed CRA Capital Improvements  - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Finding of Necessity Summary Presentation

Finding of Necessity Summary Presentation  - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

General Cost/Benefit Assessment of Impact on County Services and Facilities

General Cost/Benefit Assessment of Impact on County Services and Facilities

Summary Chart - General Cost/Benefit Assessment of Impact on County Services and Facilities

Heart of Palm Beach County Strategic Planning Report

Heart of Palm Beach County Strategic Planning Report  - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Public Notices

Notification of Intent to Create a CRA  - Village of Palm Springs

Notice of Public Hearing Advertisement for Resolution No 2017-53  - Village of Palm Springs

Supporting Documentation

Palm Beach County Urban Redevelopment Area Planning Study and Corridor Master Plan 

Addendum to URA Master Plan -Palm Beach County

CDBG Target Area map 

PBC Housing Summit White Paper 

PBC Infill & Redevelopment Study 

PBC Wastewater Collection System Improvement Study 

Congress Avenue Wastewater Forcemain Improvements - Construction Plans - PBC Water Utilities Department

Congress Avenue Wastewater Forcemains Improvements  - Construction Cost Estimate

Community Redevelopment - Part III, Chapter 163 Florida Statutes

Council Workshop Executive Brief  - Proposed CRA-Three (3) Districts - August 11, 2016

Village Council Executive Brief ILA with TCRPC 

Approved Interlocal Agreement and Scope of Work 

Executive Brief for Resolution 2017-43  October 12, 2017

Supplemental Information Package Submitted to Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building Department - November 7, 2017