Miami Seeks to Ease Permitting Process for Affordable Housing

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC BK 3126272

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.

palm treeAfter 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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Rainmaker
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Maggie - it's scary when the project approval process is sped up.  With the quality of construction (I'm being sarcastic) we have in S. Florida, we should do everything in our power to have these projects properly reviewed - look at what happened with Hurricane Andrew.  The problem is that some "affordable-housing" developers cut corners to make more profit and then the consumer suffers.  It all sounds great in paper - "LET'S ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING" - but how about "LET'S ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUILT WITH QUALITY METHODS".....as you can see, this hits a nerve.  Our city politics are everything put ethical.

Sometimes I go into new projects and all I can do is shake my head with dissapointment  - we need to educate the consumer to have the proper inspections done and to ask for developer Warranties.

Feb 16, 2007 07:50 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Girl, I hear you!  The same thought went through my mind when I read the headline.  I would hope that this is really an attempt on the officials' part to streamline the process and not cut corners instead.  So much has changed since Andrew (and because of Andrew).  There are more stringent building codes in place. But I can't blame you for your feelings.  Did you hear a few months back about the scandal with the contractor licenses?  Apparently some had a price attached to them.  I have the link to that one in my files. 
Feb 16, 2007 08:42 AM #2
Rainmaker
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I did not hear about the contractor licenses - I hope you tell me about it.  There is such red tape in the building department it is not even funny.  I was there last month to correct a 15 year old permit issue with a commercial property I manage.  It took me 5 trips to the city and the process was comical (start on the second floor, go to window eight to pick up a yellow slip, wait in line by window 6 to turn in the yellow slip for a blue one, take the blue slip to the second floor and get it stamped, come back to window 2 and pay a ridiculous fee, go back to the guy who stamped the blue slip and have him jump on it 5 times while doing jumping jacks.......I think you get the point).
Feb 16, 2007 09:26 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Ines, I thought it was important enough to blog about.  Here's a link to it.

You're funny.  I can almost picture you doing a Monty Python routine.  Dealing with stuff like this sometimes feels like that, no?

Feb 16, 2007 10:19 AM #4
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