Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights Process

Pursuant to Administrative Regulation (AR) 11.10-1, property owner(s) of multiple adjoining residential lots that are under the same ownership can request their properties be recognized at a reduced number of Assessment Units for Water and/or Wastewater assessment purposes only, by applying for the Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights (DVR). Please note that this recognition is optional, "NON-REVOCABLE" and is binding on all successive owners.

Assessment Units (AUs), as defined in Chapter 86, Citrus County Code, “means the unit or criteria utilized to determine the assessment for each parcel of property, as set forth in the initial assessment resolution. Assessment units may include, by way of example only and not limitation, one or a combination of the following: front footage, platted lots or parcels of record, vested lots, land area, improvement area, equivalent residential connections, permitted land use, trip generation rates, rights to future trip generation capacity under applicable concurrency management regulations, property value or any other physical characteristic or reasonably expected use of the property that has a logical relationship to the local improvement or service to be funded from proceeds of the assessment.”  The most common unit used is 1 AU = 1 Lot or parcel of record.

Upon Land Section being notified by Water Resources of the project’s completion date and final costs, the assessment process begins.  The DVR process becomes available at this time because the cost of the assessment per AU is usually a contributing factor in a property owner’s decision to exercise their option to use the DVR process.

The DVR process is not mandatory and is not designed to remove individual lots from the assessment area.  It allows a property owner to surrender development rights to one or more lots, if applicable, reducing the number of AU’s/connections for water and/or wastewater assessments only. It is imperative that property owners understand the impact of the DVR.  We highly recommend that they speak with a Real Estate Attorney, their heirs, etc., prior to entering into this agreement.  If they have property for investment purposes – do not do this!

The DVR process does not combine lots.  It allows the County to recognize these lots at a reduced number of AUs for water and/or wastewater assessments only.  They still have multiple lots of records for any other purpose, including other Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBU) /assessments.

  • If a property owner wants to combine their lots permanently, please contact Land Development at 352-527-5239 and ask the Planner of the Day. They will provide the appropriate application, i.e. Lot Reconfiguration, Re-Plat, etc.
  • If a property owner wants to combine their lots for tax purposes to receive one tax bill, please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at 352-341-6600 to see if they meet the Property Appraiser’s requirements and obtain a form. Please note that you still have multiple lots of record under one alternate key number.

At the appropriate time, Land Section will provide property owners that have been identified as being eligible for a DVR with an application package containing the deadlines to submit the application and an agreement.  Please be aware that time is of the essence as the DVR affects the final cost of the assessment amount. (The more AUs removed, the higher the assessment cost.)  The entire process is not finished until the agreement is executed by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and recorded in public records. 

Upon completion of the DVR process, Land Section will provide Water Resources with a list of approved properties, and a Utility staff member will cut/cap the tap that was installed for vacant lots on which development rights have been surrendered, removing the appearance that connection may be made in the future.  The installation of the tap is unavoidable during the construction phase due to the unpredictability of who might apply for a DVR.  Also, this same information is provided to the Building Department to flag the lots that have reassigned development rights.  A building permit will not be issued for those lots with a DVR.

A property owner may be eligible for a reassignment of development rights provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The applicant will not be developing the properties individually.
  2. The subject properties share common boundaries.
  3. The subject properties are under the same ownership.
  4. There is only one residential unit on the subject properties.
  5. A properly completed application, with all required documentation and a non-refundable fee to cover processing costs, is submitted to Citrus County staff before the close of business on the date provided in the notice.
  6. Requests pertaining to non-residential and other unique lots of record will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like to take advantage of this optional DVR process:

  1. Complete an application.
  2. Enclose a $50.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee (please make checks payable to the Board of County Commissioners or BOCC. (Please do not mail cash.)
  3. Provide proof of ownership (to all lots/parcels), i.e., a copy of deed or recent tax notice.
  4. Provide letter(s) of Agent Authorization, if applicable.
  5. Give a description and approximate location of any improvements on the site.

Send your completed application with ALL supporting documentation to: Citrus County Land Section, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Suite 205, Lecanto, FL 34461.  For any questions regarding applications please call our office at (352) 527-5458.

Please note that the following Cambridge Greens DVR schedule is subject to change.

Monday, December 2, 2024 Mail DVR Notices
January 2025 Construction Complete 
Monday, February 10, 2025 Mail DVR Reminder Notices
Wednesday, March 12, 2025 Land Section's deadline to accept Applications for the Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights Procedure (A.R. 11.10-1)
Friday, April 25, 2025 Land Section's FINAL date to accept Agreements for the Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights Procedure (A.R. 11.10-1) (All corrections must be completed)
Tuesday, May 27, 2025

LAST BOCC meeting to submit DVR Agreements for Board approval

The sequencing and events contained in this document is presented based on the best information available at this time and is subject to change as dates and events are confirmed or accomplished.