AffordableHousing Advisory Committee
August 28th, 2015
RichardKovacsik(Residentialbuilding industry in connection with affordablehousing)GloriaPayne(Bankingor mortgage banking industry in connection with affordablehousing)KennethBentley(Advocatefor low-income persons in connection with affordablehousing)ScottCulp(For-profitprovider of affordablehousing)CynthiaSmith(Not-for-profitprovider of affordablehousing)MelvinPhilpot(Represents employersin thejurisdiction)KipBeacham(Represents essentialservicespersonnel)Joshua DeVinney(Real estate professional in connection with affordable housing)Jay Zembower(Actively serves on the County’s Land Planning Agency)Alton Williams(Represents citizens who reside within the jurisdiction of Seminole County)Sherry Binkley(Represents areas of labor engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing)
Every three years, the AHAC meets to review established policies, procedures and ordinances, as well as land development regulations and Seminole County’s Comprehensive Plan. The AHAC Then makes recommendations and creates new policies that encourage the creation of affordable housing. The collective wisdom of the committee is a critical component of improving housing outcomes in the County and the Region.
SUNSHINE LAW/ETHICSMelissa Clarke, Assistant County AttorneyELECTIONSCommittee ChairCommittee Vice-ChairORDER OF BUSINESSReview and comment on previous AHAC recommendations and current status updates.Review and comment on other jurisdictions AHAC recommendations:NEXT MEETINGEstablish Meeting ScheduleIdentify Documents to Review/DiscussADJOURNMENT: 11:30
SUNSHINE LAW/ETHICSMelissa Clarke, Assistant County Attorney
ELECTIONSCommittee ChairCommittee Vice-Chair
order of business
Reviewand comment on previous AHAC recommendations and current status updates.Review and comment on otherjurisdiction’sAHACrecommendations
August 25th: New members approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC)October: Completed draft report and advertise public hearingNovember: Public Hearing. AHAC approves local housing incentivesDecember 31st: AHAC submits the report for approval to the BCCMarch 31st, 2016: Seminole County Government adopts amendments to the Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) to incorporate strategiesMay 2nd, 2016: Submit amended LHAP with proof of BCC approval to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation
The processing of approvals of development orders or permits, as defined in Florida Statues 163.3164(7) and (8), so that affordable housing projects can be expedited to a greater degree than other projects. (This is required to receive SHIP funds.)Recommendation:Community Services staff develop an affordable housing certification to provide to eligible applicants that will certify projects as affordable for rental and ownership.Themodification of impact-fee requirements, including, but not limited to the practicality of reduction, waivers or alternative methods of impact fee payment funding for affordable housing.Recommendation:The deferral of fees until the Certificate of Occupancy is issued for single and multi-family certified affordable housing projects.
Theallowance of flexibility in densities for affordable housing.Recommendation:The BCC has staff look at all zoning categories that are for multi-family development for density bonus for certified affordable housing.Thereservation of infrastructure capacity for housing for very-low-income persons, low-income, and moderate-income households.Recommendation:No action. No longer critical due to recent changes to concurrency laws in the State of Florida this past year.
The allowance of affordable accessory residential units in residential zoning districts.Recommendation:Noaction. The A-3, A-5 and A-10 zoning districts allow ADUs as permitted uses. Guest houses, which cannot have a separate kitchen, are permitted in A-1 and are Special Exceptions in the R-1, R-1A, R-1AA, R-1AAA, R-1AAAA, R-1B, R-1BB and R-2 districts.The reduction of parking and setback requirements for affordable housing.Recommendation:Noaction. Staff is currently reviewing TOD regulations that would provide incentives for including affordable housing in mixed use projects, particularly around the Sun Rail stations.
The allowance of flexible lot configurations, including zero-lot-line configurations for affordablehousing.Recommendation:Noaction. New MXD land use designation with more flexibility in development design.The modification of street requirements for affordablehousing.Recommendation:Noaction. Growth Management Department should decide what is appropriate for each development.
The establishment of a process by which a local government considers, before adoption, policies, procedures, ordinance, regulations, or plan provision that increase the cost of housing. (This is required to receive SHIP funds.)Recommendation:EachDepartment that will be effected by policies, procedures, ordinance, regulations or plan provisions establish a process that considers the increase in the cost of housing, before adoption.
The preparation of a printed inventory of locally owned public lands suitable for affordablehousing.Recommendation:Theinventory list of locally owned public lands is made available to the public, at a minimum to local non-profit and for-profit housing developers.The support of development near transportation hubs and major employment centers as mixed-usedevelopments.Recommendation:Noaction. The recommendation regarding the density bonus, number three, would handle this point.
ExpeditedPermitting Permits as defined in s. 163.3164(7) and (8) for affordable housing projects are expedited to a greater degree than other projects. Established policy and procedures: Community Services Department staff will provide an affordable housing certification to eligible applicants that will certify projects as an “Affordable Housing Project” for rental and ownership. “Affordable Housing Projects” will be identified as those projects assisted with State or Federal housing funds.
Verbal. Performance management has not been implemented to gauge successSeminole County’s E-permitting process and higher credit card limits have reduced cycle time of all permitting.
Ongoing Review Process: An ongoing process for review of local policies, ordinances, regulations, and plan provisions that increase the cost of housing prior to their adoption. Established policy and procedures: Each department that presents an ordinance for approval from the Board of County Commissioners will complete an Economic Impact Statement.
C. LocallyOwned Public Lands The preparation of a printed inventory of locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing. Established policy and procedures: Tri-annually, the County will make available to the public an inventory list of locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing.
Status: Currently in process
D. TaxCredit Projects: Local Government Commitment For a developer to be competitive at the State level for Tax Credit projects, a commitment from the local government must be received for a minimal amount as determined by the County's size. Established policy and procedures: The County will allocate annual funding for the commitment of multiple tax credit projects at the minimal award amount for developers of tax credit projects, pending funding availability.
Status: Currently in process
E. Mentoringand Technical Training Mentoring and Technical Training provided to Seminole County partners that are non-profit agencies and developers of affordable housing. Established policy and procedures: The County provides technical training to existing partners, nonprofit agencies and developers, who provide affordable housing.
Status: Currently in process
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