Heritage Pines CDD
Community Development District Overview
The Heritage Pines Community Development District is a local, special-purpose government entity authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes as amended, and established on October 28, 1997 by Ordinance 97-15 of the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners as an alternative method of planning, acquiring, operating and maintaining community-wide improvements in planned communities. A CDD provides a solution to Florida's need to provide community infrastructure generated by growth without overburdening other governments and their taxpayers. Community Development Districts represent a major advancement in Florida's effort to manage its growth effectively and efficiently. This allows a community to establish higher standards while providing a long-term solution to the operation and maintenance of the improvements and facilities. The Heritage Pines CDD encompasses an area of approximately 650 acres within a master planned, mixed-use community located in Hudson, Florida. The District is bordered by County Line Road to the North; Arlington Woods to the West; Orange Hill Estates to the East and undeveloped land to the South.
The Heritage Pines Community Development District is organized similar to other local governments in Florida, in that the governing body is composed of a five-member board known as the Board of Supervisors. The Board establishes the policy of the District in accordance with Florida law. The Board, by law, must hire a District Manager and District Counsel. The Board, through review of advertised Requests for Qualifications, ranks and selects a District Engineer to perform the engineering needs of the District. District Manager and the District Attorney administer the operations of the District and implement the Board's policies and contracts. Community development districts are not unlike other forms of local government, such as cities and counties, however, similar to other special taxing districts, their powers are limited solely to the provision of infrastructure and services for master planned developments.
The District Manager's responsibilities include:
- Preparation and submittal of a proposed operations and maintenance budgets for Board review and action.
- Preparation of contract specifications for District operations, including water management and street lighting.
- File all required forms and documents with state and local agencies.
- Attend all Board of Supervisor meetings – implement the policies of the Board.
- Additional duties as directed by the Board.
The District funded and is currently operating and maintaining community infrastructure including stormwater management, street lighting, and mowing operations along lake and dry retention banks as well as erosion control in stormwater ponds. Service levels for the CDD services are directly related to the annual operating budget. During the fiscal year staff monitors the budget to maintain operational efficiency. During the annual budget process staff reviews what was budgeted against what was actually spent, and recommends increases and decreases as appropriate. The Board of Supervisors, with input from the public, reviews staff's proposals and has the final decision for the budget constraints that will determine the levels of service. The budget process typically begins in the spring and concludes in the summer, after a public hearing to ensure resident participation.
Stormwater Management - The District uses a contractor for the control of unwanted vegetation within the water management system which would otherwise impede the water flow and become unsightly. The District also maintains the components of the stormwater conveyance system including piping, control structures and curbing along roadways.
Street Lighting - The District provides for the costs of bulk electric service for street lights along main thoroughfares.
Landscaping - the District's maintenance includes mowing along lake banks and dry retention pond banks throughout the district as well as sod replacement in these areas. This service is handled through a high quality contractor.
Heritage Pines CDD Board of Supervisors
Raymond Russell, Chairman SEAT 4 | Email
Jack Nelson, Vice Chairman SEAT 5 | Email
J. Bart Cutshall, Assistant Secretary SEAT 1 | Email
Neil Goulette, Assistant Secretary SEAT 2 | Email
Michael Walsh, Assistant Secretary SEAT 3 | Email
Wrathell, Hunt and Associates, LLC
2300 Glades Road, Suite 410W
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: (561) 571-0010
Chuck Adams, District Manager
Bush Ross, District Counsel
Kurt Heath, Stroud Engineering District Engineer
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