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(A) The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee is hereby created and established as a part of the Community Services and Facilities Board. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee shall be residents of or conduct business in the target area of the city, when possible, and shall be comprised of 11 members who have the following qualifications:
(1) One resident who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.
(2) One resident who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing.
(3) One resident who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing.
(4) One resident who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing.
(5) One resident who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing.
(6) One resident who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing.
(7) One resident who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing.
(8) One resident who actively serves on the Local Planning Agency pursuant to F.S. § 163.3174.
(9) One resident who resides within the jurisdiction of the local governing body making the appointments.
(10) One resident who represents employers in the city.
(11) One resident who represents essential services personnel as defined in the housing assistance plan.
If the City Commission is unable for any reason to appoint a citizen actively engaged in these activities in connection with affordable housing, a citizen engaged in the activity without regard to affordable housing may be appointed.
(B) The members of the Committee shall be appointed by resolution of the City Commission. Such resolution shall also define affordable housing as applicable to the city in a way that is consistent with the adopted local comprehensive plan.
(C) Staff, administrative and facility support for the Committee shall be provided by the city.
(D) The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee shall review the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and adopted local comprehensive plan of the city and shall recommend specific initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Recommendations may include the modification or repeal of existing policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations or plan provisions. At a minimum, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee shall make recommendations on affordable housing incentives in the following areas:
(1) The affordable housing definition in the appointing resolution.
(2) The expedited processing of permits for affordable housing projects.
(3) The modification of impact fee requirements, including reduction or waiver of fees and alternative methods of fee payment.
(4) The allowance of increased density levels.
(5) The reservation of infrastructure capacity for housing for very low-income and low-income persons.
(6) The transfer of development rights as a financing mechanism for housing for very low-income and low-income persons.
(7) The reduction of parking and setback requirements.
(8) The allowance of zero-lot-line configurations.
(9) The modifications of sidewalk and street requirements.
(10) The establishment of a process by which the city considers, before adoption, procedures and policies that have a significant impact on the cost of housing.
(11) Any other affordable housing incentives identified by the committee.
(E) To the maximum extent feasible, the approved affordable housing incentive recommendations submitted to the City Council must quantify the affordable housing cost reduction anticipated from implementing the recommendation.
(F) Within nine months from the date of adoption of this chapter, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee shall make recommendations approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of the membership at a public hearing. Notice of the time, date and place of the public hearing of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to adopt final affordable housing incentive recommendations shall be published in a newspaper of general paid circulation in the city. Such notice shall contain a short and concise summary of the affordable housing incentive recommendations to be considered by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. The notice shall also state the public place where a copy of the tentative Affordable Housing Advisory Committee recommendation can be obtained by interested persons.
(Ord. 93-56, passed 7-20-93; Am. Ord. 2008-50, passed 6-24-08)