Port Orange Town Center CRA

The Port Orange Town Center (POTC) Community Redevelopment District is comprised of 300 parcels constituting 271 acres of land situated within the eastern section of Port Orange.


This area historically served as the commercial core of the City. The creation of the Port Orange Town Center Community Redevelopment District in 1998 was the first of many steps to be undertaken by the City to ensure that this historic area of the community remains a viable center of commercial and civic activity.


The vision for the "rebirth" of Town Center includes a strong emphasis on mixed-use development. The goal is to create a signature destination that reestablishes Port Orange's image as a premier waterfront community.


Special Character Districts

Port Orange Town Center is comprised of five Special Character Districts. These Special Character Districts are:

  • Riverwalk
  • Causeway
  • Down Under
  • Dunlawton Village
  • Ridgewood Avenue

Each of these districts have their own unique attributes and opportunities, but they all share the same vision of a revitalized "heart of Port Orange"; a unique place within the community that blends history, culture and public access to the water.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

POTC CRA General Information

  • Authority to Issue Bonds: Yes
  • Board Members: Town Center CRA Board Members (PDF)
  • County: Volusia
  • Creation Documents: City Ordinances 1998-78 and 1998-79; City Resolutions 98 to 18 and 98-20; County Resolutions 94 to 345 and 95-150
  • Creation Method: Local Ordinance
  • Date Created / Established: December 15, 1998
  • Email Penelope Cruz
  • Fax: 386-506-5699
  • Fiscal year period: October 1 to September 30
  • Function / Service Provided: Community Redevelopment
  • Governing Body: Local Governing Authority Appoints
  • Local Governing Authority: City of Port Orange
  • Registered Agent's Name: Penelope Cruz
  • Registered Office Address: City of Port Orange 1000 City Center Circle Port Orange, Fl 32129
  • Revenue Source: Tax Increment Financing
  • Status: Dependent Special District
  • Statutory Authority: Chapter 163, Part III and Chapter 189 Florida Statutes
  • Telephone: 386-506-5671

Documents Related to POTC CRA

Down Under Master Plan

Public Purpose

Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments can create Community Redevelopment Areas (CRAs) when certain conditions exist. To document that the required conditions exist, the local government must study the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity, a formal study that documents the specific blight conditions. Examples of conditions that can support the creation of a CRA include, but are not limited to, substandard or deteriorating structures, inadequate infrastructure, lack of parking areas and poor lot layout. If the Finding of Necessity determines that the required conditions exist, the local government may create a CRA to provide the tools needed to foster and support redevelopment. Since Volusia County is a charter county, the city must also have the county's approval prior to establishing the CRA. Once a CRA is established, improvements are funded by taking any new property tax revenues from the city and the county (above the base level of what was being collected at the time the CRA was created) and reinvesting them back directly into the CRA. This tax increment can then be used together with grant monies and private investment to redevelop and revitalize the area. CRAs are approved for a set time period and thereafter, all property tax dollars revert back to the respective taxing authorities.