Last week Miami city officials said they want to help affordable-housing developers by trying to speed up the permit approval process.
City commissioners were told at last week's meeting that efforts would be made to come up with ways to speed up affordable housing projects.
After commissioners Michelle Spence-Jones and Angel Gonzalez said city officials are not doing enough to help affordable-housing developers get projects started, City Manager Pete Hernandez said he will meet with city department heads and arrange a meeting to form a permitting fast track for affordable projects.
The discussion was prompted by Ms. Spence-Jones due to numerous complaints from many developers stating the difficulty of getting their projects permitted while others seem to get built in record time.
There is presently a program in place that offers builders the option of paying $250 per department for four hours of project review. It works - for those who can afford it. Many of the non-profit companies and smaller affordable-housing builders cannot afford to take advantage of the program.
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