Affordable Housing (Oppose – Preemption) 

Affordable Housing (Oppose – Preemption) 

CS/CS/CS/HB 987 (Cortes) and CS/SB 1328 (Perry) revise the criteria that counties and municipalities must use when evaluating real property as part of their inventory for disposal of lands. In addition, the bills require local governments to review the permit application for affordable housing within 15 days, and must notify the applicant of any deficiencies. The bills specify that a local government must approve or deny an application for a development or construction permit, or certificate of occupancy for affordable housing within 60 days after receipt of a completed application. The bills stipulate any application that is not approved or denied within this 60-day period is considered approved. Language in the original bills preempted local governments from charging an impact fee for a five-year period. This provision has now been removed. 

The bills also create the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program and the Rental Recovery Loan Program to expedite the creation of additional affordable housing. 

CS/SB 1328 was amended in committee and requires local governments to report certain data on all impact fees charged. The Florida League of Cities believes this additional data is an unfunded mandate that is unnecessary. (Branch)