Monday, April 25, 2016

Tape No.________________________

9:00 AM  


Council Chambers 1st Floor,  City Hall

Dana M. Farris,

Chief of Legislative Services



Bill Gulliford, Finance Chair

Legislative Assistant: Jessica Morales

Anna Lopez Brosche, Finance Vice Chair

Legislative Assistant: Crystal Shemwell

Danny Becton

Asst. Council Auditor: Kyle Billy

Aaron Bowman

Chief of Research: Jeff Clements

Lori Boyer

Research: John Jackson

John Crescimbeni

Deputy General Counsel: Peggy Sidman

Reggie Gaffney

Attorney: Paige Johnston

Doyle Carter, RCDPHS Chair

Administration: Ali Korman Shelton

Sam Newby, RCDPHS Vice Chair                                             

Katrina Brown- Excused Late Arrival

Reggie Brown

Garrett Dennis-Excused Late Arrival

Al Ferraro

Matt Schellenberg




                        Meeting Convened 9:02 a.m.             Meeting Adjourned 11:32 a.m.



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Attendance: CP Anderson spoke on bill 2015-519



2015-519   Lawsikia Hodges,Office of General Counsel

                  Dayatra Coles, Housing & Neighborhoods

                  Diane Seydlorsky spoke, Acting Chief Housing & Neighborhoods 


2016-198   Darryl Joseph, Director of Parks and Recreation

                  Vince Cavin, Executive Director of Friends of Hemming Park




NOTE:  The next regular Finance meeting will be held Monday, May 2, 2016.

             The next regular RCDPHS meeting will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016.



1.  2015-519

ORD-MC Amend Chapt 122 (Public Propty), Sec 122.461 (Donation for Residential Housing), Ord Code, to Increase Value of Propty City may Donate from $25,000 to $50,000 & Provide Addnl Criteria for Entities Accepting said Donation; Adopt Policy created by Housing & Community Dev Div to Evaluate & Apv Entities Eligible for said Donation. (Johnston) (Introduced by CM Lee, Jones, Bishop, Crescimbeni, Gulliford, Love, Anderson Co-sponsored by CM's Hazouri, Dennis, Ferraro & Morgan)

Public Hearing Pursuant to Chapt 166, F.S. & CR 3.601 - 8/11/15


1. 7/28/2015 CO  Introduced: F,RCDPHS,R


    8/3/2015 RCDPHS Read 2nd & Rerefer;    8/3/2015 F Read 2nd & Rerefer


    8/4/2015 R Read 2nd & Rerefer


2. 8/11/2015 CO PH Read 2nd & Rereferred; F, RCDPHS, R


    2/1/2016 F Sub/Rerefer 7-0


    2/2/2016 R Sub/Rerefer 7-0;    2/2/2016 RCDPHS Sub/Rerefer 7-0


3. 2/9/2016 CO SUBSTITUTE/ Rerefer; F, RCDPHS, R                                                         Dayatra Coles


    2/16/2016 F Amend/Approve 7-0


    2/17/2016 R Amend/Approve 6-0


   4/12/2016 CO REREFERRED; F, R

                               Bill Summary   


The joint committees engaged in extensive discussion about potential amendments to the bill regarding procedures for, timing of, and conditions on transferring buildable surplus lots to Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) for the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing. The committees discussed requirements for applicant CHDOs to have no outstanding unpaid taxes, liens or other financial obligations to the City on other properties when applying for acquisition of new properties. A requirement for owner occupancy of any new or rehabilitated affordable housing and what sort of legal mechanisms would be needed to achieve that end was discussed. The committee discussed the contents of the Housing Division’s affordable housing building standards and whether or not they included architectural and appearance standards, setback and orientation requirements, etc. in addition to purely construction and mechanical standards.


During a public comment period Jacqueline Tisdale of AAA Investment Group said that her for-profit company wants to buy some of the City’s available properties for the construction of quality affordable housing.

Finance Ballot vote-Twice Amended/Approve 7-0

RCDPHS Ballot Vote-Twice Amended/Approve 7-0

Finance Amendment 1:

  1. Auditor amendments:
    1. Exclude non-buildable lots from Affordable Housing Criteria.
    2. Add additional protections to the City if Entity does not build affordable house in required time.
    3. Attach revised Affordable Housing Inventory List to remove non-buildable lots.
  2. Provide CHDOs the first opportunity to look at the Affordable Housing Inventory List for a 30 day period and submit proposals for up to five properties for each CHDO within their designated service area. “Adds a 30-day City finalization period on CHDO requests”
  3. The property must be homesteaded or an owner-occupied property; subsequent transfers are prohibited until the structural build-out is complete.
  4. The plans and specifications for all entities must meet minimum construction requirements approved by the Housing Division.
  5. All applicants are required to be current with


Finance Amendment 2: requires recipients of all property transfers regulated by Chapter 122 to be current on all taxes, liens and other City obligations before property can be conveyed




























2.  2016-198

ORD Approp $250,000 from Spec Council Operating Contingency to the Parks, Rec & Community Svcs Dept Acct to fund 13-Jax, Inc d/b/a/ Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP) for Operation & Mgmt of Hemming Park by FOHP; Auth 2nd Amend to Contract with FOHP. (Sawyer) (Introduced by CM Gulliford)

Public Hearing Pursuant to Chapt 166, F.S. & CR 3.601 - 3/22/16


1. 3/8/2016 CO  Introduced: F,RCDPHS


    3/14/2016 F Read 2nd & Rerefer


    3/15/2016 RCDPHS Read 2nd & Rerefer                                                                          


2. 3/22/2016 CO PH Read 2nd & Rereferred; F, RCDPHS



Bill Summary   


In response to questions from the committees, Vince Cavin, Executive Director of Friends of Hemming Park, said that the organization plans to use the full $250,000 for operations in the park and would be requesting $500,000 in the City’s FY16-17 budget for operations and programming next year. Council Member Crescimbeni said that he could not support the bill without the addition of language providing for reimbursement to the City of any cost savings achieved in the stage construction project by use of a contractor willing to donate goods or services toward the project as a civic contribution. The bill was deferred by the Finance Committee (the bill was not noticed for action by the RCDPHS Committee).




Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

Posted 4.26.16  9:30 a.m.