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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to consider local affordable housing incentive strategy

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The City of Port St. Lucie‘s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee as established by Section 420.9076 (2), F.S. must approve the local affordable housing incentive strategy recommendations at a public hearing by affirmative vote of a majority of the membership of the advisory committee. The public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 at City Hall, Building A in Room 188, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility to review the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and adopted local government comprehensive plan of the City of Port St. Lucie 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 modifications 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, the advisory committee shall adopt recommendations and submit a report to the local government on 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 to flexibility in densities for affordable housing; (d) The reservation of infrastructure capacity for housing for very low income, low income 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 configuration, including zero lot line configurations for affordable housing; (h) The modification of street requirement for affordable housing; (i) The establishment of a process by which a local government considers, before adoption, policies, procedures, ordinances, regulation 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; and (k) The support of development near transportation hubs and major employment centers and mixed use developments. The advisory committee recommendations may also include other affordable housing incentives identified by the advisory committee.

In accordance with Florida Statutes, Sections 166.041 (3)(a) and 286.0105, "Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed" and no stenographic record by certified court report will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be heard.

Any special accommodation requests, such as an interpreter, or special seating that may be required by the public should be made of the Port St. Lucie City Clerk's Office before the meeting.

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