Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 072747
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File Number: 072747 File Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: 07-122 Control:
File Name: AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD Introduced: 9/14/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/4/2007
Agenda Date: 9/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 7C
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 072389) Title: ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 17-106 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA RELATING TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD (AHAB) TO CODIFY THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 420.9076, INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF TWO AHAB COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND REQUIRING AHAB TO REVIEW, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE RESERVATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE CAPACITY FOR HOUSING FOR MODERATE-INCOME PERSONS AND FORMULATING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ACCORDINGLY; ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN MEMBERS HAVE EXPERIENCE IN OR BE CONNECTED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHEN, DUE TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR OTHER REASONABLE FACTOR, THE BOARD IS UNABLE TO APPOINT SUCH A MEMBER; RESTRICTING AHAB MEMBERSHIP TO THOSE QUALIFIED PERSONS WHO DO NOT OWN A FINANCIAL INTEREST IN, ARE NOT EMPLOYED BY OR SERVE AS AN OFFICER OF ANY ENTITY THAT RECEIVES OR APPLIES FOR FUNDING FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THROUGH THE AHAB; ADOPTING IN ITS ENTIRETY THE PROVISIONS OF FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 420.9076 OF THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, AS AMENDED OR AS MAY BE AMENDED OR RENUMBERED FROM TIME-TO-TIME; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NOS. 071925 AND 072389] [SEE AGENDA ITEM NO. 11A32]
Indexes: HOUSING
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 9/14/2007 Assigned Mandana Dashtaki

Board of County Commissioners 9/4/2007 7C AMENDED Adopted as amended P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks requested the foregoing proposed resolution be amended to include the following language at the end of Subsection (e) paragraph: “All efforts shall be made to appoint persons who are engaged in or connected with affordable housing, and only when such an appointment cannot be made, will the Board appoint a citizen without regard to experience in affordable housing;” and that the last sentence in subsection (g) paragraph should be deleted and replaced with the following language: “At a minimum, the Affordable Housing Advisory Board shall submit to the Board of County Commissioners a report that includes recommendations on, and tri-annually, thereafter evaluates the implementations of affordable housing incentives in the following areas.” Commissioner Gimenez expressed concern that discrepancies existed within this ordinance pertaining to the number of members on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB). Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks noted 15 members were to be appointed by the Board, one by the Overall Tenant Advisory Council (OTAC), and one by the Mayor. She noted the list in this ordinance did not reflect all appointed members, but rather contained asterisks for those appointments that were unchanged. For clarity, Commissioner Gimenez asked the County Attorney’s Office to ensure that future ordinances listing appointments to the Affordable Housing Advisory Board include all appointments even if no changes were made, rather than using asterisks to indicate no change. In response to Chairman Barreiro’s question as to whether the County Commission would continue making direct appointments, Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks noted Agenda Item 11A32 was a companion resolution that provided the process for the Board to make appointments from applications. Chairman Barreiro noted the difficulty in getting quorums or people to participate on these boards. He also noted his lack of confidence in this process. Hearing no further comments or discussion, the Board adopted the foregoing proposed ordinance as amended, as stated by Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks.

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 17-106 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA RELATING TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD (AHAB) TO CODIFY THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 420.9076, INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF TWO AHAB COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND REQUIRING AHAB TO REVIEW, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE RESERVATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE CAPACITY FOR HOUSING FOR MODERATE-INCOME PERSONS AND FORMULATING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ACCORDINGLY; ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN MEMBERS HAVE EXPERIENCE IN OR BE CONNECTED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHEN, DUE TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR OTHER REASONABLE FACTOR, THE BOARD IS UNABLE TO APPOINT SUCH A MEMBER; RESTRICTING AHAB MEMBERSHIP TO THOSE QUALIFIED PERSONS WHO DO NOT OWN A FINANCIAL INTEREST IN, ARE NOT EMPLOYED BY OR SERVE AS AN OFFICER OF ANY ENTITY THAT RECEIVES OR APPLIES FOR FUNDING FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THROUGH THE AHAB; ADOPTING IN ITS ENTIRETY THE PROVISIONS OF FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 420.9076 OF THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, AS AMENDED OR AS MAY BE AMENDED OR RENUMBERED FROM TIME-TO-TIME; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BODY
WHEREAS, the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act ("Sadowski Act") was signed into law on July 7, 1992, and subsequently incorporated into Chapter 420 of the Florida Statutes, which established a dedicated revenue source for local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing benefiting very-low, low, and moderate-income persons; and
WHEREAS, in order to receive an annual allocation through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), which was created by the Sadowski Act, local governments are required to establish a local housing assistance program by Ordinance; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Fla. Stat. 420.9076, this Board adopted Section 17-106, et seq. of the Code creating the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB), and setting forth AHAB's membership, composition, terms of office, qualifications, organization and procedure, applicability of County rules and procedures, powers and duties, reporting requirements and staff support; and
WHEREAS, currently, AHAB serves as the County's affordable housing committee and consists of fifteen (15) members, thirteen (13) of which are appointed by the Board, one (1) is appointed by the Mayor, and one (1) is appointed by the Overall Tenant Advisory Council; and
WHEREAS, 420.9076(2), Fla. Stat. has been recently amended to include two additional members: one citizen who represents employers within the jurisdiction and one citizen who represents essential services personnel, as defined in the local housing assistance plan; and
WHEREAS, 420.9076(4), Fla. Stat. has been recently amended, thereby requiring an amendment to section 17-106(g) of the Miami-Dade County Ordinance, which outlines the powers and duties of AHAB; and
WHEREAS, 420.9076(2), Fla. Stat. provides that "[i]f a county or eligible municipality whether due to its small size, the presence of a conflict of interest by prospective appointees, or other reasonable factor, is unable 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"; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Grand Jury's final Spring 2006 report, which was filed on February 9, 2007, on the Miami Dade Housing Agency, made specific recommendations concerning the need to change the structure of the AHAB to avoid conflicting situations; and
WHEREAS, having members of AHAB that are connected to entities that receive AHAB funding undermines the public's confidence in the fairness of the process intended to support and fund affordable housing projects; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to maintain the integrity of the structure of the AHAB, in light of its recommendations to this Board on affordable housing incentives,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. This Board hereby adopts in its entirety the provisions of Florida Statute section 420.9076, of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program, as amended or as may be amended or renumbered from time-to-time.
Section 2. Section 17-106 of Article VI of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is hereby amended to read as follows:1
ARTICLE VI.

LOCAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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(b) Membership; compensation. The Affordable Housing Advisory Board shall consist of fifteen (15) members. Members shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.

(c) Composition. The voting membership shall be ethnically, racially, geographically, and gender balanced and shall be composed of the following members:

(1) The Board of County Commissioners shall appoint thirteen (13) members:
(2)
i. One (1) citizen actively engaged in the residential home building industry [[in connection with affordable housing]] as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

ii. One (1) citizen actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry [[in connection with affordable housing]] as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

iii. One >>(1)<< citizen representative of the areas of labor actively engaged in home building [[in connection with affordable housing]] as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

iv. One >>(1)<< citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons in connection with affordable housing as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

v. One >>(1)<< citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of [[affordable]] housing as required by Section 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

vi. One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for profit provider of affordable housing as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

vii. One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional [[in connection with affordable housing]] as required by >>Section<< 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

viii. One (1) citizen who actively serves on the local planning agency pursuant to Section 163.3174, Florida Statutes as required by Section 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.
ix. One (1) citizen who resides within the jurisdiction of the local governing body making the appointments as required by Section 420.9076(2), Florida Statutes.

>>x. One (1) citizen who represents employers within the jurisdiction.

xi. One (1) citizen who represents essential services personnel, as defined in the local housing assistance plan.<<

[[x]]>>xii.<< For the remaining [[four (4)]] >>two (2)<< member positions, the Board of County Commissioners may consider the appointment of a member of the construction industry, a local community development corporation, attorney, architect, engineer, or planning professionals.

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(e) Qualification. Each member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board shall comply with the requirements of Section 2-11.38 of the Code of Miami-Dade County. Furthermore, a citizen shall not be eligible to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board if that citizen owns a financial interest in, >>is employed by, or is an officer of<< any entity that receives or applies for funding from Miami-Dade County through the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. >>If, at any time, a member is found to violate this qualification, the member shall automatically forfeit his or her position on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board without action of any body or person. Additionally, pursuant to 420.9076(2), Fla. Stat., if, due to a presence of a conflict of interest by prospective appointees, or other reasonable factor, the Board is unable to appoint a citizen actively engaged in or in connection with affordable housing, a citizen engaged in the activity without regard to affordable housing may be appointed. All efforts shall be made to appoint persons who are engaged in or connected with affordable housing and only when such an appointment cannot be made will the Board appoint a citizen without regard to experience in affordable housing.<<


(f) Organization and Procedure.

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>>(6) Statutory Requirements. Pursuant to 420.9076(5), Fla. Stat., the approval by the Affordable Housing Advisory Board of its local housing incentive strategies recommendations and its review of the local government implementation of previously recommended strategies must be made by affirmative vote of a majority of the membership of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board taken at a public hearing. Notice of the time, date, and place of the public hearing of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board to adopt its final local housing incentive strategies recommendations must be published in a newspaper of general paid circulation in Miami-Dade County. The notice must contain a short and concise summary of the local housing incentives strategies recommendations to be considered by the advisory committee. The notice must state the public place where a copy of the tentative advisory committee recommendations can be obtained by interested persons.<<

(g) Powers and Duties. The Affordable Housing Advisory Board as the affordable housing advisory committee shall review Miami-Dade County's established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and adopted comprehensive plan and shall make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding specific >>actions or<< initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of 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 adopted comprehensive plan and corresponding regulations, ordinances, and other policies.<<



At a minimum, the Affordable Housing Advisory Board shall [[make recommendations]] >>submit<< to the Board of County Commissioners >>a report that includes recommendations on, and triennially thereafter evaluates the implementation of,<< affordable housing incentives in the following areas:

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(3) The modification of impact fee requirements, including reduction >>or waiver of<< [[of labor]] fees and alternative methods of fee payment.

(4) The allowance of >>flexibility in densities<< [[increased density levels]].

(5) The reservation of infrastructure capacity for housing of very-low-income>>,<< [[and]] low-income>>, and moderate-income<< persons.

(6) The transfer of development rights as a financing mechanism for housing of very-low-income>>,<< [[and]] low-income>>, and moderate-income<< persons.

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(8) The allowance of >>flexible lot configurations, including<< zero-lot-line configurations.

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>>(14) The allowance of affordable accessory residential units in residential zoning districts.

(15) The support of development near transportation hubs and major employment centers and mixed-use developments.<<

Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.

Section 4. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.
Section 5. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.
1 Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted. Words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed. Remaining provisions are now in effect and remain unchanged.



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