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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Raul J. Aguila, Interim City Manager 
DATE:February  10, 2021
 



SUBJECT:

EXPEDITE BUILDING PERMIT REVIEW FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, DIRECTING THE CITY ADMINSTRATION TO PRIORITIZE AND EXPEDITE THE REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING FOR NON-ELDERLY OR ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS.


RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission adopt the attached Resolution.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

On October 20, 2020 the Affordable Housing Committee adopted a motion supporting incentives for affordable housing. On November 18, 2020, at the request of Commissioner Michael Gongora, the City Commission referred the item to the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (C4E).

On November 24, 2020 the LUSC discussed the item and continued it to the January 20, 2021 meeting, with direction to the Administration to prepare applicable ordinances and policy changes. On January 20, 2021 the LUSC recommended that the attached Resolution be adopted by the City Commission.

ANALYSIS

The October 20, 2020 motion of the Affordable Housing Committee supported the following incentives for affordable housing:

1. Expedite the building permit process.
2. Waive city land use board fees.
3. Waive city mobility fees.

Regarding incentive number 1, the attached Resolution sets forth a policy to prioritize and expedite the review of affordable housing permits. For incentives 2 and 3, a separate draft Ordinance amending the applicable sections of the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) to implement the fee waivers has been endorsed by the LUSC and is on the February 10, 2021 City Commission consent agenda (C4) for referral to the Planning Board.

These proposals are consistent with the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the 2040 Miami Beach Comprehensive Plan that call for encouraging the development of affordable housing, including the following:

Guiding Principle 6: Prioritize Workforce Housing – The City shall encourage redevelopment that provides workforce and affordable housing.

Goal HE 1: Equitable Community – Support vulnerable populations with attainable housing options that are proximate to transportation services and basic needs to improve economic mobility within the community.

Objective HE 1.1: Creation and/or preservation of workforce and affordable housing – Have available a minimum of 6,800 housing units of workforce, affordable low and moderate income households and special needs populations during the period through 2030.

Policy HE 1.1.3: Cooperate with affordable and workforce housing developers’ efforts to leverage Miami-Dade Surtax funds and other financial incentives for the provision of housing affordable to workforce, very low to moderate-income households, including those with special needs, in Miami Beach.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

Increase the Availability of Affordable Housing in the City

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends that the City Commission adopt the attached Resolution.

Applicable Area

Citywide
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
Yes No 
Legislative Tracking
Planning
Sponsor
Commissioner Michael Gongora

ATTACHMENTS:
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