|Plans Studies and Ordinances|
The CRA works in conjunction with the City's Planning and Zoning Department and private consultants to create redevelopment plans for areas located within the CRA district. These plans are produced following a comprehensive, collaborative process that involves residents and businesses in the affected area. Generally the planning process includes numerous design workshops and community meetings that afford people the opportunity to identify problems and work together on solutions. That information is pulled together in a plan, which is then forwarded to the City Commission for formal adoption.
Redevelopment plans typically include a number of measures designed to stabilize an area and enhance property values. Such initiatives may include zoning changes to promote a particular type of development, traffic calming measures to reduce cut-through traffic and speeding, landscape enhancements, the creation of neighborhood parks, and similar projects. Following adoption, projects that are identified in the plans are included in the City's Capital Improvement Program and/or in the CRA's annual budget. In some instances where additional funds are needed or where residents want to accelerate implementation of the plan, special assessment districts are created to provide additional tax revenues for completion of the projects.
Click on the headings above for a description of each of the adopted plans. You can also access the Design Guidelines ordinance, which was a major initiative that came out of the Downtown Master Plan. The Design Guidelines were created to regulate the mass and scale of future development in the downtown area.