What is a CDD?

General Information
A Community Development District (“CDD” or “District”) is a local unit of special-purpose government, created pursuant to Chapter 190, Florida Statutes (“F.S.”), and is 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 Country Greens CDD is authorized to provide certain infrastructure improvements as outlined in the engineer’s report for the community. Once the infrastructure is built, the CDD is then required to maintain these public facilities. Services for this CDD include maintenance of CDD landscaping, ponds, fountain, and other District facilities as outlined in the engineer’s reports and the fiscal year budgets.

More Specifically…

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 Country Greens, 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; (b) borrow money and issue notes and 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.

Country Greens CDD and the Community of Sorrento Springs

The Country Greens CDD was established pursuant to Ordinance No. 1991-16, enacted, ordered and approved on November 19, 1991, by Lake County, Florida effective December 2, 1991. 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, street lights, and other basic infrastructure projects within or without the boundaries of the District as provided in the Act.

Sorrento Springs, formerly referred to as Eagle Dunes (the “Development”), is a 680-gross-acre master-planned, residential community located in Lake County at the southwest quadrant of State Road 44 and County Road 437 in unincorporated Lake County. The Development was approved as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for 678 single-family units, 180,000 square feet of retail space, 18 holes of golf and a clubhouse (approximately 220 acres), and a recreation facility.

The Development is located approximately 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport via State Road 46 and Central Florida GreeneWay. The Seminole Towne Center is approximately 15 minutes from Sorrento Springs on I-4 and State Road 436, and a Publix shopping center is about 10 minutes away on U.S. 441. Currently, school children attend Seminole Springs Elementary School (less than 2 miles), Eustis Middle School and Eustis High School (both 7 miles).

Governing Board

The Country Greens CDD is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors (the “Board”), and they encourage the public to attend their meetings to learn more about the community and to see local government at work.

Public Records

All records of the District are subject to Florida’s Public Records Laws, and as such, are available for the public’s review at the District Office during normal business hours. We have included many of the commonly requested items on this website under Public Records for your convenience.

Additional Information

For any questions that are not answered on this website, please feel free to contact the District Office.

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