MCRA Community Redevelopment Plan
All public redevelopment activities expressly authorized by the community redevelopment act and funded by tax increment financing must be set forth in a Redevelopment Plan which has been approved by the City Commission. Like the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the Community Redevelopment Plan is an evolving document that must be evaluated and amended on a regular basis in order to accurately reflect changing conditions and community objectives.
The original Margate Community Redevelopment Plan was adopted by City Commission resolution on September 25, 1997. It has been amended three times, by resolutions adopted on the following dates: December 13, 2001, July 1, 2009, and January 25, 2017.
The Community Redevelopment Area
Pursuant to the State Statutes, a Community Redevelopment Area must be a slum area, a blighted area, or an area in which there is a shortage of housing that is affordable to residents of low or moderate income, including the elderly. The Margate Redevelopment Area generally consists of the primary commercial corridors of the City (State Road 7 and Atlantic Boulevard) and adjacent areas that have become deteriorated due to age, obsolescence, and the lack of investment.
Unfortunately, a deteriorating area is self-propagating, and as conditions worsen, residents and private business become less willing to put financial resources into the area. It is this cycle that severely limits the ability of private enterprise to stop the spread of slum and blight without public assistance. The Redevelopment Area boundaries were delineated as the area encompassing those properties that were found to qualify as slum and blighted.
MCRA Goals and Objectives
The original Redevelopment Plan established goals and objectives through a series of public workshops with citizens and merchants in the City Of Margate from June through August 1997. The main goal areas as described in the current adopted Plan (2017) are summarized below. The Plan also includes objectives within each goal area to facilitate implementation (see Part 3 of the Redevelopment Plan).
Goal 1: Maintain the administrative framework and financial mechanisms necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the Margate Redevelopment Plan, and provide adequate safeguards to ensure redevelopment activities will be carried out pursuant to the Plan.
Goal 1: Eliminate the conditions of blight identified in the Findings of Necessity and other such conditions as they may present themselves from time to time.
Goal 2: Prevent the future occurrence of slum and blight.
Goal 3: Encourage the acquisition, demolition, and reuse of those properties, which, by virtue of their location, condition, or value no longer function at their highest potential economic use, are blighting influences or have a negative effect on revitalization efforts.
Goal 4: Oversee future development proposals to ensure high quality design standards are met.
Goal 1: Establish a diverse, identifiable character for the City within the Redevelopment Area while promoting economic vitality through private sector investment.
Goal 2: Invigorate the business community and revitalize existing commercial properties.
Goal 3: Market the Redevelopment Area as a major destination point.
Public Facilities and Services
Goal 1: Work with the City, Broward County, FDOT and other agencies as needed to ensure provision of the necessary public facilities at acceptable levels of service to accommodate existing needs as well as new demands as proposed development occurs within the Redevelopment Area.
Goal 2: Plan and support a safe efficient traffic circulation system that implements the City Center development and TOC zoning districts, and provides sufficient access for all modes of transportation between activity centers within the Redevelopment Area and the balance of the community
Goal 3: Work with the City and County as appropriate to establish and improve parks, recreation, open-space, beautification efforts to create an identifiable character for the Redevelopment Area that will reflect a pleasant appealing atmosphere for working, shopping, touring, and residing.
Goal 4: Continue to provide for the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the community.
Land Use and Development Regulations
Goal 1: Work with the City, private property owners and others as needed to implement the TOC future land use and zoning regulations, implement development of the City Center, and begin working with the City and other stakeholders to implement concepts formulated by the Citizens Master Plan in areas of the CRA not addressed by the TOC.
Goal 2: Encourage innovation in land planning and site development techniques.
Goal 3: Develop municipal zoning classifications in order to consolidate regulations into one consistent standard for development.