Council approves bill for low-cost housing development discounts

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 11:23pm

Developers who choose to build affordable housing in Davidson County can soon receive discounts on future construction-related permit fees.

By a 28-7 vote, the Metro Council on Tuesday night approved a bill sponsored by At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard and three other council members that will reduce permit fees for developers of workforce development housing. 

The reduction will apply to houses priced below $152,000, or $1,100 to rent per month. 

The idea, Maynard has said, is to offer financial incentives to spur more affordable housing in Davidson County. The new law offers a 25 percent reduction on electrical, plumbing, gas/mechanical and building permit fees.

Metro needs "more affordable workforce housing" in single-family, multi-family and rental properties, Maynard previously has said.

Maynard’s bill survived a request to defer from Councilman Jim Hodge, who said representatives from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors had not been invited to the table to discuss the legislation.

The council shot down the deferral request by a 21-15 vote. 

In other items:

• The council withdrew Mayor Karl Dean’s previously endorsed legislation that outlines a set of leases for Hickory Hollow Mall and that would have enabled a new expo center to relocate there.

Dean and his administration have departed from plans to create the new expo center, but are moving forward with plans to open a new public library, community center and Metro Archives facility at the mall.

Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling said a new ordinance outlining the new lease for the public functions will be introduced in January.

• The council on the second of three votes advanced a bill sponsored by Councilman Darren Jernigan that would restrict future development in the city’s floodway. The bill would also require developers in floodplains to abide by a set of low-impact development practices.

• The council approved a resolution that allows Metro Water Services to begin the purchasing of 81 homes during May’s flood. Owners of the 81 homes opted into Metro’s buyout plan that seeks to tear down houses susceptible to future flooding. The 81 properties are in Delray Drive in west Nashville and West Hamilton Avenue in north Nashville.

• The council approved on the second of three votes a bill sponsored by Councilman Jason Holleman that would allow drivers of environmentally friendly vehicles to park free at downtown public meters. 

The vote came even though At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard said he plans to introduce what he calls a “companion bill” that would give free meter parking “for any individuals who provide a certificate of the carbon offset of their vehicles.”

• The council deferred for one meeting voting on Eric Crafton’s bill to remove members of the Tennessee Board of Fair Commissioners.


5 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 12/8/10 at 6:44

Eric Craftons bill should pass all the way thru! Time to get rid of Karl's Fair Board and get some in that care about the people and not sucking up to "every Karl whim". Also, a full audit of Fair Board funds, with the outcome made public.

By: govskeptic on 12/8/10 at 8:28

The city wrote off the fairgrounds in the early 70's after closing the
Cascades Pool because of desegeration. Been very few improve-
ments made since that time. What a shame, this facility could have
and should have been made with the least bit of time and a few
dollars spent annually to improve and upkeep the place!

By: Imagery on 12/8/10 at 8:56

smilesliles Since when is $1100 rent per month considered low-cost housing????
That's $13,200 per year plus utilities. A person making $10-$15 an hour (who definitely needs low-cost housing) will average an annual gross income of $21, 000 to $31,000. After taxes, food, clothing, car expenses, medical, etc. there definitely will not be enough for rent expenses in that bracket.

By: Loretta Bridge on 12/8/10 at 10:17

Why don't you worry about putting people in all the vacant properties we have now. Banks are letting all these repo homes just sit there and are not taking care of the houses or yards. This is decreasing the value of that property and the surrounding properties. Why not rent some of these homes at a reasonable rate so that someone is taking care of them. Sound like the same thing as building a new store besides one that is vacant.

By: yucchhii on 12/11/10 at 2:43

HEY, KARL DINK...I don't care how many times you may have heard this BUT....YOU...ARE THE SEVANT OF THE PEOPLE..."WE THE PEOPLE" HAVE SPOKEN!" WE SAY, YOU DO!!! Got it now? That goes for all the greedy muthas working behind you too! Time for them to step out from behind or under you and be told by "US...WE THE PEOPLE" what to do!!! Do you HEAR US NOW?"