Board of County Commissioners Approves New Regulations for Community Redevelopment Agencies
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava implementing new standards for Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs). The item offers 13 guidelines which are intended to strengthen CRAs and empower them to truly focus on eliminating slum and blight in our communities.
Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade Grand Jury released a report with several recommendations for reforming CRAs. The Grand Jury's recommendations are incorporated in Commissioner Levine Cava's resolution. According to the new standards, new CRAs will focus on economic growth within the redevelopment area to eliminate slum and blight, workforce housing, local hiring at a living wage with use of local contractors and ethics training for all.
"CRAs have the potential to be great economic drivers. My resolution will ensure that all new CRAs follow a set of best practices. I focused on the values that drive my work as a public servant: accountability, good government and prosperity for all," said Commissioner Levine Cava. "These are all common sense provisions that protect tax payer money and spend funds in a responsible way."
Other regulations include prioritizing affordable and mixed-income housing, greater financial accountability with audits by the Office of Inspector General and board member review for conflicts of interest. The new guidelines would apply to expanding and newly created CRAs.