Growth Management > CRA
The Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency, established in 2000, fosters and promotes community redevelopment activities in two designated districts: Downtown and Florence Villa.
The CRA is a “special district” under Florida Statute. The activities of the CRA are detailed in redevelopment plans customized for each district and include:
- Infrastructure Improvements
- Streetscaping or Beautification
- Affordable Housing
- Recreation & Park Facility Improvements
- Economic Development
- Neighborhood Enhancement
The CRA, operated by a Board of Directors, includes the five current City Commissioners and two City residents. The board receives input from two advisory committees, one for each district.
CRA is primarily funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a process of capturing property tax revenues that would normally go to Polk County and the City. TIF funds are deposited into a Redevelopment Trust Fund that can then be spent on specific projects or used to leverage additional financing for larger projects.
CRA Redevelopment Plans
Downtown CRA Redevelopment Plan
Florence Villa CRA Redevelopment Plan
CRA Boundary Maps
Downtown CRA Boundary Map
Florence Villa CRA Boundary Map
CRA Board Agendas
Downtown Advisory Committee Agendas
Florence Villa Advisory Committee Agendas
CRA Annual Report
2014-2015 CRA Annual Report
Reserved Parking Program
The City of Winter Haven has the ability to lease up to 10% of all individual spaces located within City-owned parking facilities on a year-to-year basis. This includes spaces located in the Downtown Parking Garage and designated City-owned surface lots.
Reserved Parking Program Details & Application
There is a grant program available to businesses and property owners located within the CRA.
Application for a Grant
Facade Grant Program Information