The City of Orlando’s Affordable Housing Assistance Program is intended to increase the availability of affordable residential units. The program coordinates and combines local resources and cost-saving measures into a local housing partnership and uses private and public funds to reduce the cost of housing.
The City of Orlando offers the following incentives to developers of affordable housing:
- Federal, state or local funds
- Capacity reservation set-asides
- Reduced development fees
- Impact fee grants
- Alternative Housing Development standards
Impact Fee Grants
The City of Orlando currently reimburses the amount of City impact fees to certified developers of affordable housing within the City limits. A developer utilizing this program would pay the impact fees when building permits are pulled, but would be reimbursed for the amount of the sewer impact fee and the transportation impact fee when certificates of occupancy are issued. In order to qualify for this incentive, the project must be certified as an affordable housing project under the Affordable Housing Certification Process.
Density Bonus Program
The Density Bonus Program allows more housing units per acre or commercial floor space per acre than would otherwise be permitted. This bonus is available in several residential, office and commercial zoning districts. The bonus may also be awarded in exchange for an in-lieu contribution to the City of Orlando Trust Fund for Very Low and Low-Income Housing. In order to qualify for this incentive, the project must be certified as an affordable housing project under the Affordable Housing Certification Process.
Alternative Design Standards Affordable Housing
The Alternative Design Standards are intended to promote innovative design and to encourage development of very low and low-income housing. The development standards, found in Chapter 67 of the Land Development Code (LDC), allow reduced setbacks, lot sizes, street widths and require positive design features. The goal is to provide the flexibility to the developer without negatively impacting the resulting development.
The Affordable Housing Certification Process ensures that the housing units and/or their occupants meet the definitions and other applicable requirements as Affordable Housing in accordance with the adopted certification standards, conditions and procedures. All applicants seeking certification are required to attend a pre-application conference with staff from the Housing Department. During this conference, staff will describe the certification process and review the application form and submittal requirements with the applicant.