Affordable housing is a complex challenge that is affecting most cities across the United States. Nationwide, rental rates have increased faster than wages.
As we work to address affordable housing in Central Florida, the City of Orlando has been working to develop short and long-term strategies to ensure our residents have access to safe, affordable housing by expanding the city’s affordable housing inventory.
Strategies being explored include opportunities for new funding sources and partnerships that can bring new or rehabilitated housing; and reviewing city, state and federal programs that could incentivize affordable housing.
One component of the strategy is to make changes to our city code that could allow the private sector to add housing inventory in Orlando. On March 20, 2018, staff presented a workshop to the Municipal Planning Board (MPB) to discuss these strategies in detail. Click here to see the powerpoint presentation. On Tuesday, May 15, staff presented three proposed code amendments to the MPB that were unanimously approved by the board and an ordinance for each will come to City Council later this summer. The three code amendments are as follows:
- Amending the code to update the standards for building small apartment buildings (eight units or less), or small/micro units (500 sq. ft. or less) in multi-family housing developments. Click here to view the staff report.
- Streamline the review process and amending our standards to encourage the development of townhomes, balanced with ensuring townhomes are designed to high standards to protect the integrity of our neighborhoods. Click here to view the staff report.
- Amend the code to allow for Accessory Dwelling Units (sometimes called a “granny flat”, accessory cottage or accessory apartment) in all single family zoning districts provided the owner complies with the minimum lot size and necessary parking. Click here to view the staff report.
A fourth proposed code amendment will be considered by the MPB at its Tuesday, June 19 meeting that will require multi-family developments requesting a density bonus to set aside a certain percentage of the bonus units for affordable housing. Click here to view the staff report.
Please contact the City Planning Division if you have questions or comments: email@example.com or 407.246.2269.