The Silver Springs Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) recognizes the unique location of Florida’s Silver Springs and the surrounding Silver Springs community. The area serves as a gateway to the heart of Marion County and the environmental crossroads formed by the Silver Springs State Park, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, Indian Lake State Forest and Silver Springs Forest.

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Learn more about the origin of the Silver Springs CRA below.
CRA 101
Creation of the Silver Springs CRA
- Maps
- Statistics
- Grant programs
- CRA overlay design guidelines
- Annual reports
- Trust fund budgets
- Trust fund annual audit/financial reports

CRA 101
The CRA is intended to create opportunities to further environmentally aware economic growth and development, supporting and highlighting the relationships between Marion County’s citizens, businesses, and the environmental features surrounding the community.

Silver Springs CRA creation
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners (commission) initiated a finding of necessity (FON) study which qualified the area for the CRA program. The FON was approved by the commission in 2012 via resolution 2012-R-185.

After approval of the FON, the community redevelopment plan (CRP) was developed following a series of community meetings with interested property owners and residents. The CRP is the broad planning document identifying and guiding efforts and activities within the CRA and providing authorization for the expenditure of CRA funds. With completion of the Silver Springs CRP, the commission acted to create the Silver Springs CRA.

The commission’s first step was creating the Silver Springs CRA trust fund by Ordinance 2013-15, which was accompanied by the approval and adoption of the Silver Springs CRP by Resolution 2013-R-200.

Finding of necessity (FON):
- Silver Springs CRA FON approval per resolution 2012-R-185

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Approved Silver Springs CRA FON document

CRA establishment:
Creation of the Silver Springs CRA and the Silver Springs CRA trust fund per ordinance no. 2013-15
- Approving the Silver Springs CRA CRP per resolution no. 2013-R-200
Approved Silver Springs CRA Community Redevelopment Plan document

Maps:
- Silver Springs CRA boundary with parcels
- Silver Springs CRA with future land use designations
- Silver Springs CRA overlay (reference Land Development Code, division 5.9)

Statistics:
- Silver Springs CRA 2013 parcel and property valuations (pending)
- Silver Springs CRA 2018 parcel and property valuations (pending)

CRA grant program:
The CRA Agency Board offers funding grants to assist owners and developers for qualified properties. Grants are provided as a reimbursement after improvements are complete, and all grants must be approved prior to beginning any work. Work completed before a grant request is made and/or approved is not eligible for grant and/or reimbursement funding. Two grant programs are currently available as listed below.

- Building improvement and façade grant program application and information
- Security improvements grant program application and information

CRA overlay design guidelines:
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners adopted the Silver Springs CRA overlay that provides architectural and site design standards for parts of the CRA. The overlay area and standards were initially adopted by ordinance 2017-30 and further revised with the adoption of ordinance 2018-14. The current Silver Springs CRA overlay standards are provided in the county's Land Development Code, division 5.9.

- The ordinance to establish the CRA overlay is found in ordinance 2017-30.
- The ordinance to revise the CRA overlay is found in ordinance 2018-14.
- The full overlay standards may we found in the Land Development Code, division 5.9.

Annual reports:
2013 to 2014
2014 to 2015
- 2015 to 2016
- 2016 to 2017
- 2017 to 2018
- 2018 to 2019 (pending)

Trust fund budgets (listed by fiscal year):
2014-2015 adopted Oct. 21, 2014
2014-2015 budget amendment adopted June 16, 2015 per resolution 2015-CRA-1
2015-2016 adopted Sept. 15, 2015 per resolution 2015-R-393
- 2016-2017 fiscal year 16/17 budget and resolution
2017-2018 fiscal year 17/18 budget and resolution

- 2017-2018 fiscal year 17/18 proposed budget amendment, December 2017
- 2018-2019 fiscal year 18/19 budget and resolution

- 2019-2020 fiscal year 19/20 budget and resolution

Trust fund annual audit/financial reports:
The CRA’s fiscal year concludes Sept. 30. The annual audit/financial report will not be available until the following calendar year.

The Silver Springs CRA trust fund is provided within the general overall Marion County, Florida, comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) due to the Silver Springs CRA’s status as a “dependent special district” pursuant to Section 189.02, Florida Statutes.

Marion County Clerk of Courts
Please see the Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s comprehensive annual financial report webpage.