Florida Housing Coalition Helps Local Governments and Nonprofits Navigate the Live Local Act

Branded as a “comprehensive statewide workforce housing strategy,” the Live Local Act proposes multiple strategies to address Florida’s longstanding struggle to provide enough attainable housing for its growing population.

The Live Local Act, also referred to as SB 102, represents a comprehensive and far-reaching workforce housing initiative and is supported by the Florida Housing Coalition. The Act aims to significantly bolster the availability of affordable housing options for Florida’s dedicated workforce, allowing them to reside in the very communities they tirelessly serve. This groundbreaking legislation not only allocates historic levels of funding to workforce housing but also introduces a wide array of novel programs, incentives, and prospects. It endeavors to reshape Florida’s housing strategy with a singular focus: enhancing accessibility to housing for all.

The Florida Housing Coalition stands ready to assist local governments, nonprofit organizations, and other entities to implement strategies to maximize the impact of the Live Local Act within the communities they serve. We are committed to the advancement of affordable housing options and innovative solutions across all housing markets in Florida.

The Live Local Act contains an array of funding and incentives including:

  • Funding and tax credits. Up to $811 million for affordable housing programs.
  • Tax incentives. Three new property tax incentives and sales tax exemption for specified affordable housing developments.
  • Land use tools & role of local government. Facilitating affordable housing in commercial, industrial, and mixed-use areas & more.
  • Publicly-owned land. Encouraging local governments to adopt best practices.
  • State housing strategy. State guidance on affordable housing policy.

This page contains multiple resources and will be updated as a clearinghouse for information and assistance.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Live Local Act Amendment Bills Introduced

For immediate release: 1/9/2024

Senator Alexis Calatayud and Representative Vicki Lopez have introduced bills, SB 328 and HB 1239, to amend the affordable housing land use preemption and missing middle property tax exemption created by the #LiveLocalAct. These identical bills are expected to move through the Legislative process.

Regarding the Act’s land use preemption, the bills exclude “industrial” zones from the preemption, amend the tool’s height allowances, establish several new exceptions, and clarify a number of outstanding implementation questions. On the Missing Middle Property Tax Exemption front, the bills redefine “newly constructed” to include substantially rehabilitated developments, grant audit authority to county property appraisers, and clarify the exemption’s administration, among other clarifying provisions.

For a comprehensive overview, view our summary at:

https://flhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/FHC-Summary-of-Senate-Bill-328-1.5.24-2-1.pdf

 

We also encourage all members to attend our bi-weekly Sadowski Affiliates 2024 Legislative Update Webinars, held every other Friday during Session. These informative webinars provide essential updates of legislative happenings while providing context and answering your questions on various amendments and other housing policies that may impact your work. The next Sadowski Affiliates legislative update webinar is scheduled for Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:30 AM. 


Questions can be directed to Kody Glazer, the Coalition’s Chief Legal and Policy Officer, at glazer@flhousing.org.

Resources

Overview of the Live Local Act
On May 9, 2023 the Florida Housing Coalition released a presentation proving a complete overview of the Live Local Act, its impacts, and how local organizations could benefit from this historic legislation.

Click here to download the presentation. 

If you have further questions about this overview or would like assistance in presenting this information, contact Kody Glazer, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at glazer@flhousing.org.

Summary of SB 102 (the Live Local Act)

The Live Local Act is a comprehsnive, 98-page piece of legislation. The Florida Housing Coalition has developed a seven page summary of the Act’s key points, providing context and explaining how the coalition can support this legislation and in which areas.

Click here to download the Coalition’s Summary on SB 102: The Live Local Act.

Live Local Act: Resources on Specific Provisions

The Florida Housing Coalition has published positioning statements and presentations on specific components of the Live Local Act.

  • Identifying Publicly Owned Lands that are “Appropriate” for Affordable Housing: Florida law at s. 125.379 and s. 166.0451 of the Florida Statutes requires counties and municipalities to identify parcels they (and their dependent special districts) own in fee simple that are “appropriate for use as affordable housing.” Parcels identified as “appropriate” for affordable housing must be placed on a local affordable housing inventory list and adopted by the city or county commission via a resolution. The adopted inventory must then be made publicly available on the local government’s website to encourage potential development. Parcels placed on the affordable housing inventory list may be used for affordable housing purposes, although a parcel does not need to be placed on the inventory list before using it for affordable housing. The purpose of these statutes is to increase accountability, transparency, and the number of publicly owned parcels used to address local affordable housing needs.

    This positioning statement explains the impact of this aspect of the act and the impacts to local municipalities, nonprofits, and other related organizations. Click here to download the positioning statement.

  • The New Property Tax Exemptions for Affordable Housing in the Live Local Act: The Live Local Act ushered in a new era in how the state approaches affordable housing policy. Not only did the Act fully fund our state’s core Sadowski affordable housing programs in SHIP and SAIL at $511 million, but it contained a variety of tax incentives, land use policies, publicly owned land tools, and other strategic initiatives aimed at building more affordable homes in Florida. This document summarizes the three new property tax exemptions contained in the Live Local Act. The first two property tax exemptions provided below must be utilized by local property appraisers if a property owner follows the various processes laid out in the Act. The third exemption is a new optional local property tax incentive that cities and counties have the discretion to adopt.

    This positioning statement explains the impact of this aspect of the act and the impacts to local municipalities, nonprofits, and other related organizations. Click here to download the positioning statement.

  • Dissecting the Land Use Tools and Property Tax Exemptions in the Live Local Act: On June 15, 2023, the Florida Housing Coalition held a webinar and discussion forum on the various Land Use Tools and Property Tax Exemptions that are an integral part of the legislation.

    The slides for this presentation are available. Click here to download the slides. If you have any questions regarding the content, or would like assistance presenting this material to others, please contact Kody Glazer, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at glazer@flhousing.org.

 

 

Training and Webinar Recordings

DISSECTING THE LAND USE TOOLS AND PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS IN THE LIVE LOCAL ACT

On June 15, 2023, the Florida Housing Coalition held a webinar to discuss the Land Use Tools and Property Tax Exemptions that are a part of the Live Local Act. Topics included were:

  1. Land use provisions
    1. Affordable housing land use preemption (s. 125.01055(7)/166.04151(7)
    2. House Bill 1339 tool (s. 125.01055(6)/166.04151(6)
  2. Property tax incentives
    1. Local option property tax exemption
    2. Nonprofit land exemption
    3. “Missing middle” property tax exemption
  3. Key themes
    1. Policy considerations
    2. Connecting the LLA incentives

The presentation may be viewed by clicking the video to the left. If you have any questions regarding this presentation, please contact Kody Glazer at glazer@flhousing.org.

DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES

OVERVIEW OF THE LIVE LOCAL ACT (SB 102)

On May 9, 2023, the Florida Housing Coalition held a webinar to provide members with an overview of the Live Local Act and to discuss how the coalition can provide support. Topics included were:

  1. Funding
  2. Property Tax Incentives
  3. Land Use & Zoning
  4. Using Publicly-owned Land for Affordable Housing
  5. Amendments to State Housing Strategy & Other Reforms

The presentation may be viewed by clicking the video to the left. If you have any questions regarding this presentation, please contact Kody Glazer at glazer@flhousing.org.

DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES

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For questions, technical assistance, or consulting requests, please complete this form or contact contact Kody Glazer at glazer@flhousing.org

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