Community Development District Overview
The Cheval West Community Development District ("The District") is an independent local unit of special purpose government, created pursuant to and existing under the provisions of Chapter 190, Florida Statutes.
The District currently encompasses approximately 1,149 acres of land located entirely within Hillsborough County, Florida. As a local unit of special-purpose government, the District provides an alternative means for planning, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining various public improvements and community facilities within its jurisdiction.
A Community Development District ("CDD") is a governmental system created to serve the long-term particular requirements of its community. Created pursuant to chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes, a CDD’s main powers are to strategize, finance, construct, operate, and keep community-wide infrastructure and services specifically for the benefit of its citizens.
Community Development District Organization
The District is organized similar to other local governments in Florida. Its legislative body is composed of a five (5) member Board of Supervisors (the “Board”). The Board establishes District policy in accordance with Florida law. The Board engages a District Manager and District Counsel as a matter of law. These roles operate using formalities similar to a county administrator and county attorney. The Board also engages an District Engineer to perform the engineering needs of the District. The District staff administers the operations of the District and implements the Board’s policies and contracts.
Board of Supervisors
CDDs are local units of government similar to a city or county without the regulatory powers of a county or city. CDDs are governed by a five (5) member Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are elected on a staggered schedule for four year terms. Like all municipal elections, the Office of the Supervisor of Elections oversees the election process.
CDD Supervisors are subject to the State of Florida ethics and financial disclosure laws. Board meetings are governed by the Florida “Sunshine” Amendment, and therefore, must be noticed in a local newspaper and conducted in a public forum. Subject to the requirements of the public records law, CDDs make records available for public inspection during normal business hours. These requirements, as well as the governmental reporting and auditing requirements imposed on CDDs by law, ensure that CDDs are visible and accessible.
District Manager: INFRAMARK
The District Manager acts as the “City Manager/County Administrator” of the District and works with the elected Board of Supervisors to serve the District and its residents. The direct responsibilities of the District Manager include the following but are not limited to: preserving and maintaining District improvements and facilities, overseeing and coordinating the planning, financing, purchasing, staffing, and compliance of the District, and any other such duties, as prescribed by the Board.
District Counsel: Gardner Brewer Hudson
The District Counsel acts as the chief legal counsel to the District and is responsible for ensuring that the District conducts its business according to the legal standards placed upon it, both by the actions of the District, Board and Statute. In this capacity, the District Counsel reviews all District documents, including resolutions, contracts, and agreements, assists District Manager in drafting of same and negotiations on behave of the District. District Counsel ensures compliance with all necessary laws including the Sunshine Amendment, and assists with securing public financing.
District Engineer: Stantec
The District Engineer provides professional and technical services to the District to support the planning, design, permitting, construction, financing, and operation and maintenance of the District infrastructure. The District Engineer also provides the Engineer’s Report for bond financing, and can provide direct consultation for such items as: bidding, contractor selection standards, master planning of infrastructure and construction phase observation.