Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Accepting Applications for Remaining Positions

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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee accepting applications for remaining positions

The City of Port St. Lucie is currently accepting applications for the four remaining positions on the recently reactivated Affordable Housing Advisory Committee including employers, labor actively engaged in home building, for-profit providers of affordable housing and essential services personnel.

The Committee is appointed by the City Council to make recommendations to the City Council on Affordable Housing Issues. The Committee’s meeting dates and times are yet to be determined.

The Board consists of eleven members who are subject to the provisions of the Sunshine Law and serve on a voluntary basis for a term of one year. (The term may be extended by an additional one (1) year by a vote of the majority of the committee.) No elected official shall be permitted to serve as a member (City Charter Sec. 3.11).

Qualified candidates must have their primary residence or business within the City of Port St. Lucie.

This advisory committee is being reestablished and the four underlined individual member seats are available for residents actively engaged in the following areas:

  1. One citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.
  2. One citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing.
  3. One citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing.
  4. One citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons in connection with affordable housing.
  5. One citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing.
  6. One citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing.
  7. One citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing.
  8. One citizen who actively serves on the local planning agency pursuant to s. 163.3174. If the local planning agency is comprised of the governing board of the county or municipality, the governing board may appoint a designee who is knowledgeable in the local planning process.
  9. One citizen who resides within the jurisdiction of the local governing body making the appointments.
  10. One citizen who represents employers within the jurisdiction.
  11. One citizen who represents essential services personnel, which are further defined in the local housing assistance plan as follows:

Essential Service Personnel: Those employed persons whose household income does not exceed program income limits; this includes but is not limited to teachers and educators; other school district employees, community college employees, and university employees; police and fire personnel; health care personnel; skilled building trades personnel; government personnel; and other job categories as required by Section 420.9075(3)(a), F.S.). Program Income Limits are as follows:

 

2015 Income Limits by Household Size
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
$45,960 $52,560 $59,160 $65,640 $70,920 $76,200 $81,480

 

Interested parties must submit an application and resume to Kimberly Koch in the City Clerk’s Office. The City Council will make their appointments at a City Council meeting.

 

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Triennially, the advisory committee shall review the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan of the appointing local government and shall recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. The recommendations may include the modification or repeal of existing policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations, or plan provisions; the creation of exceptions applicable to affordable housing; or the adoption of new policies, procedures, regulations, ordinances, or plan provisions, including recommendations to amend the local government comprehensive plan and corresponding regulations, ordinances and other policies. At a minimum, each advisory committee shall submit a report to the local governing body that includes recommendations on, and triennially thereafter evaluates the implementation of affordable housing incentives in the following areas:

(a)  The processing of approvals of development orders or permits, as defined in s. 163.3164(7) and (8), for affordable housing projects is expedited to a greater degree than other projects.

(b)  The modification of impact-fee requirements, including reduction or waiver of fees and alternative methods of fee payment for affordable housing.

(c)  The allowance of flexibility in densities for affordable housing.

(d)  The reservation of infrastructure capacity for housing for very-low-income persons, low-income persons, and moderate-income persons.

(e)  The allowance of affordable accessory residential units in residential zoning districts.

(f)    The reduction of parking and setback requirements for affordable housing.

(g)  The allowance of flexible lot configurations, including zero-lot-line configurations for affordable housing.

(h)  The modification of street requirements for affordable housing.

(i)    The establishment of a process by which a local government considers, before adoption, policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations, or plan provisions that increase the cost of housing.

(j)    The preparation of a printed inventory of locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing.

(k)  The support of development near transportation hubs and major employment centers and mixed-use Developments.

As it deems appropriate, the affordable Housing Advisory Committee may also make other recommendations that affect affordable housing incentives or strategies.

 

Please submit applications by August 28, 2015.

 

All applications must include a resume and be submitted to Kimberly Koch at the following address:

City Clerk’s Office

Port St. Lucie City Hall

121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

TEL: (772) 871-5157 FAX: (772) 344-4094

For more information, contact:

Community Services

City of Port St. Lucie

(772) 871-5283

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