What is a CDD?

General Information

A Community Development District (“CDD” or “District”) is a local unit of special-purpose government created primarily for the purpose of providing infrastructure for new communities and limited to the performance of those specialized functions authorized by the Uniform Community Development District Act of 1980, Chapter 190, Florida Statutes, as amended (the “Act”) .

The Act was enacted in 1980 to provide a uniform method for the establishment of independent districts to manage and finance basic community development services, including capital infrastructure required for community developments throughout the State of Florida.  The Act provides legal authority for CDDs, such as Brighton Lakes, to finance the acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance of the major infrastructure for community development pursuant to its general law charter (Sections 190.006 through 190.041, Florida Statutes).

Among other provisions, the Act gives the District’s Board of Supervisors the authority to (a) plan, establish, acquire, construct or reconstruct, enlarge or extend, equip, operate and maintain: (i) water management and control for lands within the District and to connect any of such facilities with roads and bridges and (ii) water supply, sewer and wastewater management systems or any combination thereof and to construct and operate connecting intercept or outlet sewers and sewer mains and pipes and water mains, conduits, or pipelines in, along, and under any street, alley, highway, or other public place or ways, and to dispose of any effluent, residue, or other byproducts of such system or sewer system; (iii) District roads equal to or exceeding the specifications of the County in which such District roads are located and street lights; and (iv) with the consent of the local general-purpose government within the jurisdiction of which the power is to be exercised, parks and facilities for indoor and outdoor recreational uses and security; (b) borrow money and issue bonds of the District; (c) impose and foreclose special assessments liens as provided in the Act; and (d) exercise all other powers necessary, convenient, incidental or proper in connection with any of the powers or duties of the District stated in the Act.

The Act does not empower the District to adopt and enforce any land use plans or zoning ordinances, and the Act does not empower the District to grant building permits; these functions are to be performed by general-purpose local governments having jurisdiction over the lands within the District.

Brighton Lakes

The Brighton Lakes CDD was established pursuant to Ordinance No. 00-09 of the Board of County Commissioners of Osceola County, Florida effective April 12, 2000, as amended and supplemented. Click here for the Ordinance establishing the District.

The District was established for the purposes of managing the design, acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of the infrastructure necessary for community development within its jurisdiction and related financing. The Act authorizes the District to issue bonds for the purposes, among others, of financing, funding, planning, establishing, acquiring, constructing or reconstructing, enlarging or extending, equipping, operating and maintaining water management, water supply, sewer and wastewater management, bridges or culverts, District roads, landscaping, street lights, recreational amenities, security facilities, and other basic infrastructure projects within or without the boundaries of the District as provided in the Act.

Brighton Lakes (the “Development”) is a Master Planned Unit Development (MPUD) and includes 751 total residential units. Phase 1 totals approximately 224 developable acres and consists of 417 residential lots, a 3,000-square-foot community clubhouse with swimming pools, tennis courts, exercise/fitness facility, and several ancillary passive recreation parks. Phase 2 totals approximately 76.61 developable acres and consists of 334 residential lots, an active recreation area with playground area for children, and passive recreational parks.

The Development is located within the unincorporated area of the northwest part of Osceola County, Florida, approximately five miles west of the City of Kissimmee and seven miles south of the Orange/Osceola County line. The development is located approximately three miles south of John Young Parkway on Pleasant Hill Road (SR 531), south of the Pineridge neighborhood. Major areas of employment within 10 miles of the Development include Poinciana Office and Industrial Park, Kissimmee Industrial Park, and downtown Kissimmee. In addition there are many major employers, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Lockheed Martin, Orange County Convention Center and others within a 25 to 30 minute drive.

Brighton Lakes is located approximately six miles from the Kissimmee Airport and 20 miles from the Orlando International Airport. The Florida Mall, one of Orlando’s largest, is within 15 miles as is the Mall at Millenia, each with over one million square feet of space. School children residing in Brighton Lakes attend Pleasant Hill Elementary (5 miles), Horizon Middle School (7 miles) and Liberty High School (5 miles).